“Our objective is to help students in grades 9-12 develop effective leadership skills while learning more about their communities. We are counting on the knowledge they gain to help them become active members of their cities and give input to the agencies affecting their lives,” according to Pat Grant, Future Foundation trustee and Chair of the Youth Congress Leadership Program. The program will include a community service project chosen by the students.
The program provides a unique way to perform community service hours important for college acceptance, while introducing students to career opportunities. Areas covered are: Introduction to Leadership, Local Government, Law Enforcement, Health Services, Park and Recreation, Education, Human Services, and Business. Program sessions will be conducted by representatives from each of the above areas. Students will meet at the particular venue where the speaker works, such as the Sheriff’s station, school district, hospital, etc. Each session will be unique and will range from tours to discussions, presentations and more. All of the cities in the region will be participating.
Meetings will take place from 4-6 p.m. every other week on Thursdays beginning January 7, 2010 and ending on April 15, 2010. There will be no meeting on April 1, 2001 due to Spring Break. An orientation/leadership meeting will be held on December 10, 2009 and a follow up meeting to choose volunteer opportunities will take place on April 29, 2010. Students are encouraged not to apply if they cannot attend all meetings.
Applications can be obtained from the student’s school office or at www.clvff.org. Information is also available from the CLVFF office, at 818-880-1054 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Notification of acceptance into the program will be sent to students by December 5, 2009.