WHAT IS THE TEEN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM?
Operated by Wyman, the Teen Leadership Program engages teens from economically disadvantaged circumstances year-round for five years beginning in eighth grade. The program is guided by a progressive leadership theme, and teens gain the experiences, skills and values needed to prepare to act as contributing students, family members, employees and citizens.
The goals of the Teen Leadership Program are to help youth be productive in school and work; to connect to community and family; and to be able to navigate successfully in diverse environments. Specific program objectives include: (1) Form and maintain positive relationships with other youth and adults; (2) Make a positive contribution to community; (3) Respect human diversity and be capable of working and living in a diverse community; (4) Graduate from high school and pursue higher education or employment; (5) Develop leadership skills in the areas of self-awareness, community, group effectiveness, organization, decision-making, and problem-solving.
The Wyman Teen Leadership Program invites specific school districts and agencies with which we have established a partnership to nominate high-performing, high-potential 7th graders. Partners are invited to nominate youth in the metropolitan area each year.
Each year of the Teen Leadership Program builds upon the last as it helps teens develop the skills they need to become a leader and succeed in life.