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Growing Citizen Leaders Program

Life Changing Experience for Future Leaders

Growing Citizen Leaders (GCL) is a youth empowerment program for teenagers connected to the Greater Englewood Community. Participants engage in collaborative youth-led projects, professional development workshops, and civic engagement training. Teens are provided with opportunities to enhance communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills, while building relationships with their peers and trusted adult role-models. The youth are invited to participate in two available tracks that prepare them to become local, national and global leaders.

Our Goal​s

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Critical Thinking

Our goal is to increase critical thinking in teenagers through collaborative team efforts, brainstorming workshops, and career exploration.

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communication

Our goal is for teens to develop positive communication skills through social emotional learning, public speaking workshops, and collaborative team efforts.

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Leadership Skills

Our goal is to for teens to develop leadership skills through academic mentoring, social justice projects, community planning, and curriculum building.

Teen Mentors

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Teen Mentors led summer youth groups of 10 at our Kids on the Move Summer Day Camp. Mentors provided enrichment activities and mentorship to children ages 6 to 12 years old. Teen Mentors received training in professional development, curriculum design, trauma-informed care, and program facilitation. In addition, teen mentors provide one on one tutoring to children in our Imagination Explorers: E-learning program.

Requirements:

  • Ages: 14 - 18

  • High School Student

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

  • Able to volunteer

  • Likes to work with elementary-aged youth

Benefits

  • Enhance communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills

  • Enhance research skills

  • Develop classroom management skills

  • Develop curriculum building skills

IMPACT

of teens developed curriculum building skills

of teens enhanced communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills

of teens fostered positive relationships with elementary youth

Teen leaders

Teen Leaders organized the food giveaways and weekly deliveries within the Englewood Strong Program. Where they received training in customer service, organizing, and advocacy. In addition, Teen leaders received training in multimedia through the creation of Playstreets activation videos and social media management.

Requirements:

  • Ages: 13 - 18

  • 8th Grade/High School Student

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA

  • Able to volunteer

  • Interested in organizing, outreach, and advocacy skills

Benefits

  • Enhance communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills

  • Enhance research skills

  • Develop journalism and video production skills

  • Learn to organize community events

  • Learn social media management

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IMPACT

of teens enhanced communication, critical thinking, and leadership skills

Learned to organize community events and initiatives

of teens developed multimedia and marketing skills