LOCAL LEADERS PROGRAM
Empowering youth by creating positive change through participant-led projects at local schools.
Our program has diverse benefits for youth participants involved, including:
Understanding social and political processes for change (self-efficacy)
Acquiring practical skills (i.e. problem research, planning, execution, & impact analysis)
Navigating the adult world (building connections, career development, etc.)
Additionally, local communities benefit from an active youth population.
Youth-targeted programs are more effective with youth input.
The community gains increased representation, pluralistic leadership, and participation.
Introduction to new perspectives allows for leaders to better serve diverse communities.
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By partnering with schools, our year-long program provides quality training and hands-on experience to youth participants.
When establishing a site, we work closely with school administrators to identify potential projects and youth participants, pool collective resources, and facilitate collaboration between our local leaders and faculty.
During the program, we use our 7-step, 3-phase curriculum to cover all the necessary skills necessary to complete a community project, including:
GUIDANCE PHASE: RESEARCHING, PLANNING, PREPARING
EXECUTION PHASE: EXECUTING A COMMUNITY PROJECT
REFLECTION PHASE: ACCESSING, REVISING, CONCLUDING
Our hardworking site coordinators and talented mentors guide the growth of our youth participants throughout the program by performing administrative, teaching, and advising roles.
SUPPORT FROM THE COMMUNITY
Support from the community makes possible the work we do. From donors to volunteers, your contribution goes a long way.
Raising a child takes a small village; empowering one takes an city. We forge strong bonds not only with the youth we serve, but also those who make our program possible.
Holistic support comes in a wide variety of forms, including but not limited to:
DONATIONS, FROM SMALL TO LARGE
VOLUNTEERS, FOR THIS PROGRAM AND OUR ORGANIZATION
VOLUNTEER EXPERTS, NOTABLY INCLUDING MENTORS