The Youth Leadership Program offers paid summer jobs and leadership workshops to youth ages 14 to 22 years old. We host (2) groups who will be trained in a diverse number of life changing experiences.
Our program employs youth for 15 to 20 hours per week during a 6-week period in July and August for a total of 120 hours of summer activities. This is done through a series of workshops that develop leadership skills by performing weekly projects that demonstrate what they have learned. Both groups will benefit from all soft skills workshops ACT Lawrence provides including; financial capability, resume writing, interview skills, public speaking, community organizing, outreach and implementing neighborhood improvement projects.
The youth also engages in other fun activities such as attendance to the Lawrence Arts House. Here, they work on self-expressive arts activities and assist younger children with their arts projects. The youth are motivated through weekly incentives and competitions guided by the program coordinators. These competitive, yet fun activities are key, since they offer real-life applications in leadership skills while learning to guide and supervise others. Soon, we plan to expand to a year-round program.