Youth As Leaders ProgramProposal for the 21stCentury Community Learning Grant
Schoharie County Youth BureauThe Schoharie County Youth Bureau was established through the Office of YouthDevelopment, which is under the umbrella of the New York State Office of Children andFamily Services. We are a county agency tasked with providing positive youthdevelopment opportunities for the youth of Schoharie County. We accomplish our taskby providing direct programming for youth, allocating state funds to other youth servingagencies, and collaborating with other agencies and organizations to increaseopportunities for youth.VisionThat Schoharie County is a safe, engaging place for all youth to grow, learn, and developinto happy, healthy, and productive adults.Mission StatementIt is the mission of the Schoharie County Youth Bureau to promote and advocate forthe empowerment and well being of the youth of Schoharie County through theincorporation of Positive Youth Development methods in our direct and supportiveprograms and services.Youth As Leaders ProgramThe Youth As leaders program is a leadership program that the Schoharie County YouthBureau currently runs for high school students from 5 of our county high schools. Theprogram is for 10th, 11th, and 12thgraders. They are selected in the end of the freshmanyear to participate in the 3 year program. We typically have between 5 and 10 studentsfrom each school selected and currently have approximately 80 students in theprogram. We utilize both experiential learning and adventure based counseling as thecore educational tools to teach the leadership skills.The program is broken down into 3 interconnected parts. The sophomore year consistof learning leadership skills based on the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens”by Sean Covey. We meet with the sophomore class 7 times during the school year. Ineach class we teach a leadership skill based on one of the habits. Teaching theleadership skills is only the beginning. After their sophomore year we provideopportunities for our students to put their leadership skills into practice. This isaccomplished in two ways. Their entire junior year is dedicated to service learningprojects. Each month that we meet we have a service project for them to complete.They arrive in the morning and we give them the overview of what needs to be doneand why it needs to be done. Then we turn the project over to them. They must use
their leadership skills to complete the project. Their senior year is dedicated tofacilitating the leadership skills they have learned in the program to the sophomoreclass. We teach the seniors with the facilitation skills and everyone has the opportunityto facilitate.We have been running the program for 8 years. The program was originally designed tobe only for 1 year for 10thgraders selected to be in the program, but because of thesuccess of that first year the program was continued and has expanded to a 3 yearprogram It has grown to the point where we have are largest sophomore class to date.We work very closely with the 5 high schools that participate in the program.Outcomes for Youth As Leaders ProgramShort TermStudents will have an opportunity to be a part of a safe and caring environment.Sense of belongingPositive peer and adult relationshipsWill Learn that leadership is for everyoneWill receive real life experiencesMedium TermStudents will learn leadership skills that will help them navigate adolescentso Improve their school experienceo Connect them to their communityo Provide opportunities to improve positive family relationshipLong TermStudents will learn the skills needed to become happy and productive adults.Students will gain the skills and experiences that will help prepare them forcollege and/ or entering the work force.Students will carry with them into adulthood the importance of community andcivic responsibility
The Youth As Leaders component to the Schoharie River Center’s ProposalI can take the existing Youth As Leaders Model and easily modify the program to workunder the requirements of the 21stCentury Community Learning Centers Grant as theYouth As Leaders program matches up very well with the objectives of the grant. TheYouth As Leaders program I am proposing is a hybrid of the current Youth As Leadersprogram. The program is expandable and can grow to meet the needs of the studentsinvolved and provide a varied and unique experience from year to year. Please refer tothe section on future growth.Youth As Leaders Program (pilot program)The program will target 9ththrough 12thgradesThere will be 18 meetings though out the school yearWe will meet 2-3 times a month from September through MayMeetings will range from 2 to 3 hours each with exception of Saturdays (4-8 hours)The meetings will consist of:o The 1stmeeting will be introduction to the program and icebreaking activitieso 7 meetings focusing on the leadership habits from the book” The 7 habits ofHighly Effective Teens”o 4 meetings dedicated to two service learning projectso 2 meetings will be low/ high rope teambuilding activitieso 2 meetings will be on review/ debriefing, one ½ way point of program andthe other at the end of the programo 1 meeting will be an outdoor adventure tripo 2 meetings will tentatively be scheduled as make up daysFuture Growth of the programEach year we are able to run the Youth As Leaders program under the 21stCenturyCommunity Learning Centers GrantCharacter DevelopmentGrades 7th& 8thThis part of the program is not currently being offered in the Youth AsLeaders program that the Youth Bureau is running. It is in my plan to expandthe current program into middle school.The Character Development program is a precursor to the Leadershipprogram.
Expanded Service LearningProvide additional service opportunities for those students who have gonethrough the leadership program already.Facilitation Skill BuildingTrain the 11th& 12thgraders facilitation skills so they can facilitate theleadership skills they already have learned to the younger students in theprogram.Summer Retreat/ Leadership CampProvide a 2 to 3 day leadership retreat for students in the LeadershipProgram during the summer monthsBudget For Pilot ProgramStaff 160 staff hours @ $28.00 per hour $4,816.00Staff 40 staff hours @ $25.00 per hour $1,000.00Transportation Bus rental (estimate) $450.00Van use $.55 per mile x 150 miles $82.507 Habits Book 40 books @ $15.00 per book $600.00Team Building Supplies Miscellaneous $100.00Office Supplies Miscellaneous $100.00Program cost Ropes Course Clarks Sport’s Center $200.00Adventure Trip $100.00Total: $7,448.50
Sample ScheduleSeptemberMeeting 1: Introduction to program/ IcebreakersMeeting 2: Leadership Lesson: Habit 1 “Be Proactive”OctoberMeeting 3: Leadership Lesson: Habit 2 “Begin with the End in Mind”Meeting 4: Preparation for Service Learning ProjectMeeting 5: Service Learning ProjectNovemberMeeting 6: Leadership Lesson: Habit 3 “Put 1stThings 1st”Meeting 7: Teambuilding/ Low Ropes ActivitiesDecemberMeeting 8: Review/ Debrief 1sthalf of the yearMeeting: Make up day if neededJanuaryMeeting 9: Leadership Lesson: Habit 4 “Think Win Win”Meeting 10: Leadership Lesson: Habit 5 “Seek 1stto Understand, Then be Understood”FebruaryMeeting 11: Leadership Lesson: Habit 6 “Synergize”Meeting 12: Service Learning Project PrepMarchMeeting 13: Service Learning ProjectMeeting 14: Review/ Debrief Habits 4, 5, &6AprilMeeting 15: Teambuilding/ High Ropes CourseMeeting 16: Leadership Lesson: Habit 7 “Sharpen the Saw”MayMeeting 17: Adventure Trip: TBDMeeting 18: Closing/ Final Debrief