Youth Development Network’s (YDN) Youth Leadership Camps are planned and facilitated in partnership with YDN trained youth and expert adult facilitators. The activities and curriculum are in alignment with Common Core standards, LCFF/LCAP priorities of 1) student engagement, 2) school climate and 3) student achievement, and also develop 21st Century Skills. The camp content can be customized to include components from a menu of options.
The Leadership Camp content links various components to build learning opportunities, develop college/career/life-ready skills, enhance community safety, and ensure healthier, more vibrant communities. At their heart, the Leadership Camps are designed to provide the key supports & opportunities that are most likely are not available in traditional education settings and are unknown and/or inaccessible to the “at promise” youth targeted for these camps.
Camp content is designed specifically to support current and future academic success by engaging young people in school, community change and the development of 21st century skills (soft skills): problem solving/critical thinking, oral & written communication, teamwork, diversity, leadership, creativity, flexibility, initiative, self-direction, responsibility, productivity and accountability.
Through these experiences participants will:
- Build strong peer-to-peer and youth-adult partnerships that contribute to a safer school/community climate
- Develop a sense of connection and comfort with their new school campus or program
- Explore the values and strategize key solutions to issues that are central to their school or community
- Support the social, emotional, and physical well-being of young people and their families, increase student academic success, and stabilize communities.
- Transform school climate by increasing school attendance and student achievement, reducing suspensions, and expulsions.
- Integrate community and neighborhood leadership by improving the overall health and well being of young people.
- Develop action plans by youth.
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