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YE STEAM Leadership Cohort Program

The YE program is divided into four years: Relationship building with self, community, Communication, Leadership, and Community Action. While the sessions in each year can be used independently, the four years are designed to build on one another and to inform leadership or action projects that apply the principles and frameworks of youth  development.

YEAR 1: Leadership & Retreats

In the first year, youth develop and deepen their concepts of leadership. Youth are supported in thinking critically about their personal leadership styles and strengths. The leadership retreats will: 

  • Expose them to executive-level leadership training through mentorship
  • Provide kids the opportunity to look introspectively and set goals for themselves
  • Each retreat will host an immersion experience such as snowboarding, fine dining, fine arts, theater.

WHAT YOUTH WILL DO AND LEARN

  • Definitions of leadership and why it is important.
  • Different styles of leadership
  • A complex understanding of leadership
  • Awareness of their personal strengths and growth areas as leaders

YEAR 2: Professional Development Workshops & Communication

In year two — Communication — youth develop interpersonal skills and use of effective group processes. Key skills include active listening, debate and compromise, and decision-making.  The skills, knowledge, and attitudes developed in this section help youth employ effective practices of leadership.

These will be in the form of a series of workshops that prepares kids for the professional world, which includes but is not limited to resume workshops, dress for success series, financial literacy teachings, and more. Familiarizing them with the world at hand, so that they may enter in, both confident and grounded, ready to excel in whatever career endeavor they choose.

WHAT YOUTH WILL DO AND LEARN

  • Knowledge of effective communication techniques and strategies
  • Why effective communication is important
  • Skills to effectively communicate ideas and opinions
  • Strategies for supporting group communication and decision-making

YEAR 3: Academic Excellence, TEAM Work & Creativity

Year three is designed to help youth thrive academically. We believe that by providing access to the proper resources, tutoring, college prep, accountability training, and counseling that our cohort participants will gain 100% acceptance into college. 

WHAT YOUTH WILL DO AND LEARN

  • Write college essay and personal statements 
  • Use computer lab to fill out college applications
  • 1-1 career counseling & mentorship sessions
  • Attaining scholarships

YEAR 4: Community Action

In year 4, youth reflect on the purpose of “leadership” in their lives and in their communities. The sessions here draw heavily on the skills and concepts in the Leadership and Communication tactics learned throughout the previous years and provide youth with practical forums for applying skills and concepts.

WHAT YOUTH WILL DO AND LEARN

  • Think critically about strengths, challenges, and possible solutions to issues in their communities
  • Engage in collecting information about, and taking action on issues that directly affect Them.
  • Add value within the community at large

YE STEAM CAMP

Science | Technology | Engineering | Arts | Mathematics

STEAM programs are a perfect way for youth to explore their leadership styles. At YE we use STEAM programs to challenge our students to take an innovative approach to problem-solving, work as a team to accomplish goals, and practice effective communication through presentations and public speaking. 

WHAT YOUTH WILL DO AND LEARN

  • STEAM curriculum is designed to give our young leaders the confidence and skills necessary to excel in college and career. 
  • It’s about creating their own solutions and trying to figure things out
  • Disrupt the pattern of educational inequity by providing STEAM education early and consistently for 9th – 12th-grade students
  • Giving kids of all backgrounds and abilities an equal chance to learn and love STEAM
  • Nurturing the next generation of successful professionals, bold thinkers, and passionate leaders