Youth Leadership Camp

Youth Leadership Camp Program: The purpose of this program and its curriculum is to build the capacity of youth, community youth-work leaders, organizations and other interested groups with a goal of engaging youth in meaningful ways and to see youth as resources. YLP engages youth (from ages 12-24) typically tagged “at-risk” by our culture.

In 2016, YDN supported the 4th TRUSD Student Leadership Camp with 100 youth, 12 youth facilitators and 15 adults.

Camp SOL – 35 community students attended a conflict mediation and student leadership camp at Grizzly Creek Ranch.

Youth are typically tagged “at-risk” by our society for various reasons such as being impoverished, pre-gang or gang affiliated, adjudicated youth, homelessness, and other exhibiting risky behaviors such as truancy, academic failure, drug use, or poor social skills. Through proven asset-based youth development programming the youth who participate begin to see themselves not as “at risk” youth but more as youth who are “at promise.” This shift in thinking means they are filled with hope for their future, are engaged in academic and mentorship opportunities provided for them and are less likely to participate in behaviors and situations that will negatively affect their well-being.

a group shot of several dozen students in purple shirts at an outdoor event