Summer Programs for Youth Leadership

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Summer Programs for Youth Leadership
Many youth leadership programs in the United States focus on the creation of social change and community service. (Smiling teens image by Monika 3 Steps Ahead from Fotolia.com)

Today's youth will one day be the nation's leaders, and giving children the necessary tools to develop good leadership skills is crucial, according to the National Teen Leadership Program, an organisation that trains youth to be leaders. Throughout the United States, you can find a wide array of youth leadership summer programs. Many of these programs instil core values in children, help youth understand how to tackle tough issues and create change for the better.

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National Teen Leadership Program

Since 1991, the National Teen Leadership Program in California has welcomed thousands of teens that have participated in a three-day weekend camp focusing on creating a future vision. The program places emphasis on youth empowerment and strives to challenge and motivate youth to work hard to benefit their own lives as well as the community in which they live. At the camp, teens participate in group sessions, hands-on workshops, team-building activities and a ropes course. Eighth- to twelfth-grade teens are eligible to attend the camp, and the fee in 2010 is typically about £259. The California camp locations vary, and in 2010, it was held at Chapman University and University of California-UC Davis.

National Teen Leadership Program

P.O. Box 4486

El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

800-550-1950

teenleader.org

Leaders for Social Change at Yale University

Every summer, Yale University, located in Connecticut, hosts a Leaders for Social Change camp for teens who have completed grades nine through eleven. The summer-long camp typically begins in late June and ends in the middle of July. Teen campers have the opportunity to not only learn new leadership skills, but they also design a community service project. The camp also focuses on teaching the teens what it takes to live as a college student and having them participate in an array of extra-curricular activities at the same time. The cost for the camp in 2010 is about £3,051, and all teens stay in the dorms at Yale University.

ASA Programs

375 W. Broadway, Suite 200

New York, NY 10012

800-752-2250

asaprograms.com

Youth Empowered Action Camp

Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp hosts a weeklong overnight leadership camp every summer for 11- to 16-year-old children. The camp, held in both Portland, Oregon, and Santa Cruz, California, welcomes youth who have a desire to be leaders and create a positive impact in the communities in which they live. Workshops and hands-on activities are offered at the camp, and youth learn how to address a problem and create social change. The typical fee for the YEA Camp in 2010 is £520, but scholarships are offered for qualifying applicants.

Youth Empowered Action Camp

415-710-7351

yeacamp.org

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