We want youth to become engaged, empowered change-makers.
Through our Youth Leading Change program, middle school and high school students form close relationships, develop leadership skills, create their own campaigns to change the culture of their schools, and become lifelong leaders.
Young people are under a lot of pressure. On a daily basis, they deal with bullying, isolation, depression and anxiety, and pressure to use drugs.
Many are dealing with an unhealthy environment – even violence – at home or at school and don’t have enough adults around to advocate for them.
Through YLC chapters in Tacoma and Pierce County, we empower young people to create their own antidotes to many of these situations.
YLC students say they experience:
- An increased ability to lead. Students gain concrete skills that help them communicate with their peers and adults, problem-solve, and address conflict.
- An inclusive environment. Not only do students feel personally included, they come to value inclusivity as part of a healthy group dynamic.
- Increased bravery. Involvement in the group helps them develop courage to explore activities that interest them