The purpose of the Leadership Program is to nurture and develop young leaders in the community by creating a dynamic learning experience with the cooperation and mentorship of local business leaders. Specifically, the program aims to assist young participants in making real connections with businesses, entrepreneurs, and government leaders, thus helping them realize their full leadership potential and the community that surrounds them.
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 states: "Every youth provider is required to include 10 program elements. One of the program elements is Leadership Development, and leadership opportunities which may include community service and peer centered activities encouraging responsibility and other positive social behaviors during non-school hours as appropriate."
The Career Institute has developed a successful program called the The Leadership Connection, which satisfies this requirement to run our program.
Take a look! Here is a little taste of the
Leadership Program Experience in our Big Bear location.
The goals of the Leadership Connection Program are to:
1. Identify and nurture young adults as potential community leaders.
2. Invoke a sense of civic responsibility in young adults through community exploration and mentoring.
3. Acquaint participants with regional and local resources, challenges and opportunities.
4. Learn about leadership in the community through mentoring exposure to community leaders, and visiting community organizations.
5. Develop a knowledge of career opportunities available in the community.
6. Develop the talents and skills of young adults as community leaders.
7. Have community leaders mentor young adults on career, education, and life planning issues.
The Community Foundation mission is to strengthen Inland Southern California through philanthropy. This is done by raising and distributing money and assets to bring more opportunities to young adults in this vibrant region. The Community Foundation maintains the rigorous national standards for excellence, and is a member of the League of California Community Foundations.
Young Adult Grantmakers (a part of the Community Foundation and the Youth Philanthropy Initiative) gives young people an opportunity to practice organized philanthropy. Participants learn about the issues in their communities and endow grants to non-profits that deal with concerns of young adults, while instilling in them the spirit of volunteering and giving. Participants come away with honed skills in conflict management, leadership, communication, and civic duty.
What participants do:
Serve as spokespeople for The Community Foundation, The Career Institute, and The Success Institute on young adult issues
Learn about the nonprofit sector and the grantmaking process
Participate in site visits and service projects to learn about the nonprofit sectors infrastructure and service delivery programs
Send out and review grant applications to non-profit organizations (such as community groups, schools, churches)
Present what has been decided to the Grant Review Committee and Community Foundation Board for approval
Celebrate the accomplishments of the Young Adult Grantmakers through a Recognition Ceremony and present grant checks to non-profit agency recipients
Willingness to work in a group setting with effective communication; an ability to share and listen
Commitment to a goal and follow through with associated tasks
Concern for/participation in community service in the past
Willingness to respond to adult mentoring efforts
Potential for personal growth
Ability to help coordinate and attend agency site visits and participate in service projects
Contact Celia Cudiamat
Executive Vice President, The Community Foundation