Here at the Youth Network, our goal is to empower teens like you to take the lead not only within our community but also in the Church and your personal life. We truly believe that God has given you incredible passions, strengths, and leadership abilities. Our mission is to help you uncover these unique gifts, nurture them, and give you the platform to shine and make an impact.
Just to clarify, this program is designed for students in grades 9-12. If you're in grades 7 & 8, we've got something special for you too – it's called Live to Lead. This program will help you grasp the basics of leadership, understand its importance, and get a feel for what leading looks like for you. If you want to learn more about Live to Lead, feel free to reach out to Rebeca.
Please be aware that, currently, we're unable to hold Live to Lead sessions. But don't worry, we're actively working on getting it up and running again. Stay tuned for updates on when we can kick things off once more!
After you've finished the application process, we'll invite you to take a 45-minute to 1-hour CliftonStrengths Assessment. This assessment will uncover your top five strengths when it comes to leadership. These strengths will serve as a compass for us as we provide guidance, mentorship, and work together to nurture your leadership abilities.
Over the course of the school year, you'll engage in some serious leadership learning. A seasoned leader will be walking you through The Student Leadership Challenge curriculum, providing you with valuable insights. But that's not all – your mentors will also be right there with you, offering ongoing support. They'll help you dig deep into your personal leadership strengths, ensuring you develop them to the fullest. It's all about stepping up our game together!
Those who join the Leadership Project will score a spot at the "Youth Network Table." This means you'll have a platform to voice your ideas, thoughts, and even concerns about the Youth Network. We're all ears, and we're ready to put those thoughts into action. As per your strengths and comfort zones, you might find yourself taking the lead in various ways. This could involve anything from getting involved in kids ministry, organizing youth and church events, leading discussions or games, speaking, being a friendly face, or even handling sound and media. The possibilities are broad and exciting!
By the time this program wraps up, our goal is for every student to:
Students are expected to:
*If one or more of these expectations cannot be met due to full schedules please talk with Rebeca.
What's in it for YOU:
If you're keen on taking up a student leadership role, here's what you should do:
**For the initial year, there's a minor fee of $75 to contribute to startup expenses. This covers things like workbooks, guest speakers, conferences, and resources, including the StrengthsFinder Assessment. Subsequently, the program costs $50 per year to handle annual expenses. Be assured, we recognize that financial considerations shouldn't hinder anyone. If you're facing financial challenges, don't hesitate to connect with Rebeca through email for assistance. Your involvement is important to us, and we're here to support you.
PLEASE NOTE: Considering the structured nature of the program, it's most beneficial for you to join in September. Unfortunately, we won't be able to accept applications partway through.