Leadership education for youth age 13-17 to address community issues through direct service, coalition building and social entrepreneurship

The Youth Leaders for Community Change project will begin by engaging local youth age 13-17 in after-school conversations about issues they face in their communities and daily lives.

The project will include leadership training in skills such as conflict resolution, public speaking, project development, networking, and grant writing. Life skills training will include skills such as growing and preparing food, working independently and in group settings, working in coalition with community groups, time management, personal strengths analysis.

Youth may engage in entrepreneurial projects such as raising organic vegetables for the local foodshelf or the farmer's market, educating the community on composting or developing "green" jobs for local youth.

This is a pilot project which has received $3000 in seed money from the Best Buy Childrens Foundation. Your contribution will build on that seed money to sustain this program. Following the completion of the pilot project, project coordinators and youth organizers will co-publish results and practices.

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