Who's it for?
Youths who are interested in future career paths and to give want the opportunity to meet with innovative leaders at work.
What problem does it solve?
While students are attending school being put in a leadership role will not always happen. Without this experience, it can be difficult for these students to accept leadership roles.
How does it help?
The Initiative’s Youth Leadership Program aims to develop the next generation of North Carolina leaders through an intensive, innovative five-week summer program.
During their time in Raleigh the interns also participate in field trips to the N.C. General Assembly and other key state landmarks to introduce them to potential future career paths and to give them the opportunity to meet with innovative leaders at work. The Initiative also introduces the students to the world of community economic development. and provides a stipend for each young leader. In years past interns have worked with organizations in their home community to complete projects such as coordinating a community health fair, assisting with creating a business plan, creating youth programs for children, building community gardens, developing community outreach campaigns and assisting with the documentation of the organization’s work in the community (via photos, video, testimonials, reports, etc.).