The Connecticut Commission on Children
The Connecticut Commission on Children
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Youth Leadership

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Helping youth to become leaders is essential, not just for their development and success, but also for the long-term health of our democracy. With that in mind, the Commission offers these resources to youth who'd like to realize their leadership potential. There are also resources for adults who'd like training and evaluation tools.

ASPIRA Youth Leadership Development Program

ASPIRA of Connecticut is dedicated to the education, empowerment, and leadership development of Latino students, and one of ASPIRA's core programs is the Youth Leadership Development Program (YLD). Through school-based clubs, YLD provides leadership training, cultural enrichment activities, and community-action projects that teach students how to develop their abilities to become effective leaders of their communities. Learn more

Center for Youth Leadership

Based at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, CYL describes itself as the largest youth activism organization in Fairfield County and one of the largest in Connecticut. Its mission is to promote social change. Learn more

Civics First

Civics First is a private, nonprofit association that promotes and conducts law-related education programs and projects in Connecticut's public and private schools, courtrooms and communities. Among the programs are high school mock trial competitions. Learn more

Connecticut Youth Leadership Project (CTYLP)

CTYLP helps disabled youth realize their leadership potential, through self-awareness and team-building activities. Learn more

First Congressional District Youth Cabinet

Congressman John Larson's Youth Cabinet consists of two high schools students from every high school in Connecticut's First Congressional District. Learn more

Office of Policy & Management (OPM): Juvenile Justice & Youth Development

OPM, which functions as the governor's budget office, offers an assortment of resources for those interested in creating youth development programming, including "Assessing Outcomes in Child and Youth Programs: A Practical Handbook" and annual lists of who has received youth development grants from the state. Learn more

Outward Bound: Connecticut Youth Leadership Corps Expeditions

Outward Bound offers scholarships that allow students to participate in a 14- to 16-day summer course that uses backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, and other activities to teach a leadership curriculum. Learn more

Stamford: Mayor's Youth Leadership Council

Based at Stamford High School, the Council promotes the creation of safe schools and communities. MYLC's social change campaign for the 2011-2012 school year will focus on the bullying policy and protocol of the Stamford school district. Learn more

United Way of Western Connecticut

Each year, 30 high school students from Southern Litchfield County participate in this program, which includes gathering at Camp Sloane in Lakeville to participate in seminars on developing confidence, public speaking, presentation skills, and leading meetings effectively. There are also team-building exercises using ropes courses. Learn more

Youth Development Training and Resource Center (YDTRC)

Founded in 1993 and based in New Haven, YDTRC promotes positive youth development by increasing the effectiveness of youth workers, youth-serving organizations, and youth leaders throughout Connecticut. Learn more

This page was last updated: December 20, 2011

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