Youth Leadership Academy

We are a team of adults and youth leadership academy alumni who are dedicating their rappel to the youth services at The Source, particularly, The Youth Leadership Academy.  The Academy is an robust 6 month program for people ages 16-23 who want to develop their leadership skills.  The academy meets twice a month and each session covers a topic.  Topics include: Personal finance, LGBT+ History, Public Speaking, Advocacy, HIV historical/current activism, slam poetry, and others.  Each module is lead by a subject matter expert in the topic.  In addition to in-person sessions, the students read and discuss a business book, such as "How to Win Friends and Influence People".  A class project on LGBT+ health care access in our area is completed by the end of the course.  There are also optional educational and enrichment opportunities such as trips and events. Our newest addition to the program is an international travel component for successful graduates of the academy.  In July of 2019 we travelled with 9 youth to Otavalo, Ecuador.  The trip included cultural exchange with the the local LGBT+ population, bringing school supplies to the children, and learning about the local customs.  For most of the class, it was their first time outside California and their first time on a plane.  Thus, there was a strong practical learning component of what it's like to travel for 8 days: passports, budgeting, packing, navigating a new area, ect. 

Our team goal is to raise $15,000 for The Source and it's youth leadership program. You donation of:

$50 will fund a student for one session

$250 will fund session-meals for a month 

$500 will fund transportation during off-site learning opportunities 

$1000 will the total cost for a deserving young person to complete the academy

$1500 will fund the entire class's field trip to historical LGBT+ places such as San Francisco. 

$2,000 will fund a student for the academy AND their participation in the international service-trip

$5,000 will do the proceeding AND earn the donor the option to "endow" a spot in the academy for the next three years.  For example, if your name is John Smith, you could sponsor a student we choose as the "John Smith Fellow".  Additionally, you would have the option to shadow a class and attend the yearly mentor dinner. There will be up to 3 fellows in the next class.  

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