Leadership Youth

Leadership Youth is a program under The Inspire Foundation.

With gang activity and increased disconnection of youth from nuclear family relationships, community leaders have come together to build bridges between our youth and their community.

These bridges cultivate and nurture the hidden leadership qualities in our youth. The result is confident students committed to having a positive leadership role within their schools and community.

The two-year program introduces over 40 students to the realities, opportunities and challenges facing our region. The knowledge and experience the youth gain will impact their lives and enable them to grow and become involved in helping to shape a positive future for our community. The knowledge and experience that youth gain will impact their lives and enable them to grow and become involved in helping to shape a positive future for the Salem-Keizer area.

Participants represent public, private, and home school students. The students enter the program as sophomores and juniors, attending one program day a month for nine months.

Patterned after Leadership Salem, the two-year program introduces students to the realities, opportunities and challenges facing our region. The knowledge and experience that youth gain will impact their lives and enable them to grow and become involved in helping to shape a positive future for our community.

In year two, students serve on a Board of Directors based upon their career area of interest. As a result, the student will gain insight to community issues, needs, and challenges. Some organizations we partner with are: The Inspire Foundation, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, MAPS Community Foundation, CCTV, Union Gospel Mission, Latino Business Alliance, SKEF, Salem Police Foundation, Community Action Agency, Salem Leadership Foundation, United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley, Salem Electric, the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, The Oregon State Hospital Museum and many more.

This is the point in life in which we decide what we want to do in the future. The Leadership Youth program has benefitted me in more ways than I can possibly imagine. It opened my eyes to all the options I have in this world, and also helped me figure out what my heart wanted me to do. Leadership Youth taught us how we can make a difference in our community, which I can use wherever I go. I also learned how to successfully communicate with those around me, which I can use for future job interviews and at social events. Leadership has given me the skills to go out and achieve my goals, and I wouldn’t trade this for anything.

Maddie Brown

Leadership Youth Class of 2012-14

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