Youth Leadership Project

Apply for the 2019/2020 school year today!

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with a final deadline of October 14, 2019.

The HopeWorks’ Youth Leadership Project is a service-learning program promoting healthy relationships, behaviors, and attitudes. The goal of the project is to inspire introspective thinking, social consciousness and the use of these concepts to reduce interpersonal violence.

Youth Leadership is open to teens of all genders age 14-18. The project provides an affirming and safe space for all students.

HopeWorks’ Youth Leadership Project explores many topics related to violence prevention including healthy relationships, media literacy and the safe use of technology, social constructions of femininity, healthy masculinity, self-management and self-care, body policing, bystander intervention, healthy sexuality, cultural relativity, bullying, gender dynamics, and understanding intersectionality and root causes of oppression. All Youth Leaders serve as outreach specialists, educating their peers and encouraging personal and community safety.

All Youth Leaders serve as outreach specialists, educating their peers and encouraging personal and community safety.

The HopeWorks Youth Leadership Project is a service-learning program dedicated to empowering teens to engage with social justice issues, challenge systems of oppression, and create healthy relationships. Youth Leaders engage in frank discussions, raise their social consciousness and participate in creative projects and activism to raise awareness and actively change the culture that allows sexual and dating violence to thrive. 

Youth Leadership meets the third Saturday of each month during the school year. The project is open to teens ages 14-18 of all genders, backgrounds, and identities and provides an affirming and safe space for all students. 

For more information, contact the Community Engagement Department at (410) 997-0304 or outreach@wearehopeworks.org.


Youth Leaders:

  • Learn primary violence prevention skills
  • Provide valuable volunteer service to their community
  • Become engaged with social justice issues
  • Publish an arts activism magazine by and for teens
  • Participate in the production of an episode of the Transforming Together podcast
  • Engage in HopeWorks’ new environmental justice initiative
  • Challenge institutions of oppression
  • Develop leadership and public speaking skills
  • Reflect on their experiences
  • Have fun and make new friends

Qualifications

  • Be at least 14 years old and have written parental consent to participate
  • Work well with others
  • Have an interest in healthy relationships and the prevention of sexual assault and dating violence
  • Be creative and dependable

Requirements

  • Attend monthly meetings throughout the school year
  • Plan, organize and conduct community-wide events
  • Work on at least one community service project each school year
  • Attend and assist with agency awareness events
  • Provide two references

Youth Leadership is capped at 18 students.

24-Hour Sexual, Dating and Domestic Violence Helpline: 410-997-2272

HopeWorks

9770 Patuxent Woods Dr., Suite 300

Columbia, MD, 21046

410-997-0304