Youth Leadership Programs - Rows 2-5
For this program, I have identified four youth leadership programs targeted at high-school students throughout the United States. Those programs are the NSLC Mastering Leadership Program, the NTLP Weekend Leadership Camp, the FBI Youth Leadership Program, and the YW Boston: Youth Leadership Initiative.
In identifying programs to include in this report, I focused first on locating those youth leadership camps, seminars, classes, and/or programs offered to students in the United States. While I did include one program which is offered internationally, I did not focus on any program which excludes students in the U.S. Further, I focused exclusively on those programs which are offered to high-school aged students, and which are located outside of the high-school itself.
Once I had focused on these specific parameters, I narrowed down my search results to include only those programs which fit your requirement for programs which are seen as impactful and/or successful. To that end, I focused on accredited programs which serve large communities. Further, I focused on those programs which require that students apply prior to acceptance.
Ultimately, I have identified four different programs for this report, each of which operates somewhat differently. You will see a deep dive of my findings, including all requested information, below and on the attached spreadsheet. Per your request, I have kept the below information brief, focusing instead on providing the bulk of specific information requested on the attached spreadsheet.
This one-week program is targeted at high-school students throughout the United States. Program participants attend the one-week camp on the Georgetown University campus in Washington, DC.
Throughout the week, students meet with and attend seminars by a variety of "leaders in the fields of public service, government, and community development." In addition, students attend classes on vision and goal setting, persuasive communication, negotiation and conflict resolution, the distinctions of leadership, team building, group dynamics, and community service. Further, the camp includes opportunities for community service, and interactive leadership workshops. Upon completion of the one-week camp, students receive college credit.
NTLP offers a weekend camp aimed at high-school aged students. This program is designed to "motivate and inspire the leader within every teen," and is available to students in grades 9 through 12, as well as those in the 8th grade who will enter 9th grade by Fall of 2018, as well as high-school seniors who will graduate during the Summer of 2018. The weekend camp takes place from July 6-8, 2018.
During the weekend spent with NTLP, students attend classes, seminars, exercises, sessions, workshops, and interviews on a college campus. In addition, students attend three motivational speeches throughout the weekend. Throughout these activities, students are taught leadership concepts, bias awareness and diversity training, goal- and priority-setting, communication and interviewing skills, problem solving, and conflict resolution.
This eight-day program is offered to high-school students throughout the United States. This year's program takes place from June 21 – 29, at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA. Applications must be submitted by March 16, and students will be informed of their acceptance by May 11, 2018.
While limited information regarding the program specifics is available on the FBI NAA website, the program is a "week-long training event" targeted at students between the ages of 14 and 16, and is focused on developing students' leadership skills. Interested students are instructed to contact their local YLP Coordinator, who is determined by their state. Contact information has been provided in Column G of the attached spreadsheet. For general information, interested students can contact Laura Masterton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Youth Leadership Initiative (InIt) is targeted at high-school aged students throughout the Greater Boston Area. The program places a focus on "social justice education and training outside of the classroom, and supports their growth into socially responsible youth leaders." The program's goal is to cater to those students who care for and want to be leaders in social justice and community leadership, but who lack the tools to do so.
Throughout the nine-month program, students attend a combination of overnight, and one-day programs. For example, the program begins with an "immersion weekend," in September, designed to "explore how identity impacts your life, and the lives of those in your community." In addition to this weekend-long retreat, students engage in interactive workshops and community-based learning programs on designated program days which take place once a month from October through April. Finally, students work together on a community action project designed to take a leadership position and encourage improvement within their community.
Applications for the program beginning in September 2019 are currently open.
To summarize, the attached spreadsheet contains the requested information for four youth leadership programs aimed at high-school students in the United States. These programs have been chosen for their quality and reputation.