Building Young Leaders
Engaging approximately 130 youth per year (ages 14-24), our programming is distinguished by its emphasis on long term development, its incorporation of youth leaders into the Collaborative’s organizational structure, its social justice/community building orientation and its location on a university campus. This combination has created a large cadre of high school and college students who have followed the civic pathway to college and the college pathway to civic leadership.
The Collaborative Continuum
The Collaborative Continuum, a series of afterschool and summer programs, credit bearing internships, peer education activities, media production, and paid employment, is designed to keep older youth effectively engaged with us during their high school years and through their transition to higher education. The overarching goal of the continuum is to foster young leaders by building the necessary foundations of confidence and self esteem, developing the 21st century skills upon which effective leadership rests, creating an awareness of larger social, economic and political issues, and nurturing the kinds of values that underlie a fair and just world.
POPPYN—An award winning youth produced TV news program focusing on issues that impact youth while highlighting the positive contributions of youth to their communities.
Leaders Corps provides paid leadership positions within The Collaborative for former program participants to facilitate all youth leadership programs, assist in training and technical assistance activities and participate in other aspects of the organization.
Leadership Development Institute is an intensive 2 week summer program through which participants learn the core principles of positive youth development, networking, community outreach, mentorship, youth organizing and use of media as an instrument in building community and driving social change.
Youth Action Scholars provides the next step for youth who have completed VOICES or the POWER Internship. Over the course of a year, participants form a team to identify an issue, conduct related research to become experts in the topic, and raise awareness through community educational workshops and events.
POWER Internship recognizes the relationship between educational and workplace skills, integrating nonprofit work experience with the development of foundational academic and technical skills through collaborative research, critical thinking, communication, public speaking and media production projects.
Temple Youth VOICES seeks to build the individual and collective power of youth by integrating leadership development, community outreach and project based learning in a supportive, team environment.