Youth Leadership Programs

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School Site and Student Leadership Programs: YDN believes in the power of building emotionally safe, caring, and consistent relationships for new students. This is why we design and facilitate leadership programs and orientations that build comfort for students at the beginning of the school year and help young people form connections with other students and staff.

Student Leadership 21st Century Youth Skill Building Session: The overall goals of the Student Leadership program includes: improving the student leadership structures so that youth are more engaged in true positions of responsibility and decision-making; expanding youth and adults’ vision for student leadership at school to include a focus on school climate; and improving the student experience at their school by increasing the amount of authentic youth voice provided by student leaders. Additionally, we provide adult leaders with the core skills to facilitate an authentic leadership process with their students.

The Student Leadership Skill Building sessions are designed to provide youth participants in the leadership program with ongoing support for their school wide leadership efforts, as well as knowledge and understanding of effective strategies for making change and getting their voices heard.

In the program’s 5th year, 150 middle school and high school students from 23 school sites participated in 8 leadership development sessions.

In the program’s 6th year 133 middle/high school students / 23 school sites/ 7 leadership sessions.