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Youth-Led has been designed to foster creativity, personal responsibility and civic engagement and to empower young people to bring the change they would like to see in their community. Students from Ballou Senior High School in Ward 8 connect with mentors, set personal goals, and choose from a wide range of development opportunities including the media arts, a college access course and HIV/AIDS testing. Parents and families find support with the help of an educational advocate and learning opportunities that will support families through times of transition and difficulty.
Youth-Led is now the principle manager and coordinator of after-school programming at Ballou Senior High School. This comprehensive after-school program focuses on teaching the democratic process and civic engagement. The overarching philosophy is to empower youth to become the positive influence their community needs in order to bring about transformative change. Staff members Todd Elliott and Adam Angel are driven by a common philosophy that youth can be empowered to make institutional change through their own creative talents.
Check out the video below which highlights some of our youth leaders!
Youth-Led students testify before DC Council