The Youth Leadership Initiative (YLI) is a cohort model of learning. Young people apply and are selected to be in a learning cohort that meets consistently over a period of time. In YLI, learning happens through active engagement, listening and doing, reflection, a mixture of small and large group activities, storytelling and peer mentoring. The structure of YLI is youth-centered. In addition to youth participants determining the focus of cultural exploration sessions and community issues to be addressed, we also have a team of youth mentors who are selected to return and be peer leaders in the program. The roles of adults are to support, encourage, share knowledge and power, and create access and opportunity. Youth and adults work together as colleagues and learn from one another.
9 months (October – May)
Weekly after-school sessions, weekend retreats and graduation
Program Activities That Help Youth Build Leadership Skills