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LOCAL LEADERS

After months of research and years of experience, our organization has begun the development and implementation of our brand new Local Leaders Program to empower youth through guided and meaningful community interaction.

PROGRAM GOALS

Youth Empowerment by Sociopolitical Development

Youth program participants will become well versed in the necessary sociopolitical factors that define youth empowerment by actively participating, reflecting, and influencing these processes.

Meaningful Impact on a Local Youth Issue

Youth participants will be given the opportunity to create an authentic impact in their local communities. This unique experience will foster a life-long commitment to serving the local community.

Involving Youth in Local Decision-making

Incorporating youth in local decision-making processes and institutions is crucial to youth empowerment. Communities will improve their ability to identify and respond to youth needs.

Participation in Advocacy at Broader Levels

With a strong foundation in local affairs, youth participants will gain the courage, connections, and skillset to engage in broader efforts of advocacy at county, state, and national levels.

PROGRAM BENEFITS

INDIVIDUAL

  • Individuals gain increased self-efficacy, self-awareness, positive identity development, positive social bonding, and sense of purpose.

  • Participants in programs that promote community service, representation, speaking in public, and building community identity develop good civic habits and contribute to strong democracies.

COMMUNITY

  • Youth-targeted programs are more effective with youth input.

  • Community members benefit from increased representation, pluralistic leadership, and participation.

  • Local governments can better represent and serve diverse communities due to their improved response to different perspectives.

7-Step, 3-Phase Process

Phase 1 (Steps 1-3): Guidance Phase. Coordinators and advisors will play a heavily supportive role within the first three steps of the process.

  • Research — 1 month

    • Solidify the participants’ understanding of the target issue.

    • Build a strong case for the importance, effects, and solutions of the issue.

    • Identify and collaborate with community organizations that target the issue.

  • Plan — 1 month

    • Organize a response (project, program, or advocacy) to address the issue.

    • Draw upon the experience and knowledge of the coordinator and advisors.

  • Prepare — 1 month

    • Gather materials, fundraise, and coordinate with other organizations.

    • Build connections with groups necessary for execution.

 

Phase 2 (Step 4): Execution. This phase is where participants exercise participation in sociopolitical processes. Youth should grow more autonomous in operation from the coordinators and advisors.

  • Execution — 3 months

    • Participants now put their plan into action.

    • Participants should be sure to measure and record their impact.

 

Phase 3 (Steps 5-7): Critical reflection, revision, and expansion. Participants will now report back to their coordinators, advisors, and involved community figures to seek guidance and improve their programs.

  • Report — n/a

    • Participants will decipher their data and results and make it presentable.

    • Coordinators, advisors, and “shareholders” will receive this presentation.

  • Revise, Improve, & Expand — 5 months

    • Necessary modifications to the program will be made to improve results.

    • The program will then be expanded to further reach and impact.

  • Conclude — n/a

    • The group will form a final impact report, publish the template, and make final suggestions for revisions in case the program is replicated.

    • The group will publish accomplishments and thank supporters.

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