Youth Leadership Toledo
Youth Leadership Toledo recognizes the important contribution young adults make in creating a strong, progressive community. Patterned after the Community Leadership Program, fifty high school sophomores meet from August to May in monthly day long sessions. Students who exhibit leadership skills in their schools and communities are nominated by their schools for the program.
Community leaders introduce the participants to a variety of community issues and concerns. In the final phase of the program, students select and complete volunteer community improvement projects. The program’s main objective is to assist in training our young people to be effective leaders now and in the future, and to stimulate interest in community involvement.
YiPEE stands for Youth in Philanthropy Encouraging
YiPEE is a program for Youth Leadership Toledo graduates wishing to learn more about community needs and the elements of thoughtful giving. Funded by the Toledo Community Foundation and facilitated by the staff of Leadership Toledo, the program’s goal is to establish a foundation for a lifelong commitment to leadership, volunteerism, and philanthropy.
YiPEE members participate during their junior and senior years of high school in a unique program to identify key problems facing youth, solicit and review grant applications, and raise and allocate funds to deserving area non-profits to address those needs.
Students in Action
The Students In Action (SIA) initiative is a component of the national Jefferson Awards Foundation and is facilitated within the Toledo Region by Leadership Toledo. At 41 area high schools, student leaders are redefining the culture of their campus to one of service by heightening peer awareness of volunteer opportunities and by bringing attention to ordinary students involved in extraordinary volunteer work. Through SIA, the efforts of ordinary students are made extraordinary by their service to others can be recognized by our national highest honor for service - a Youth Jefferson Award. Leaders at each school establish both selection criteria and the frequency in which Youth Jefferson Awards will be presented to their deserving classmates.
Thanks to caring leaders and supportive advisors at each school, the impact of SIA has grown beyond the opportunity to receive an award. However, it is important to acknowledge that during the 2015-16 school year, the service of 163 young leaders of today was honored during school-based ceremonies throughout the region What’s more, students at those schools accounted for well over 440,000 hours of service.
The Jefferson Awards are regarded as one of the nation’s highest honors for community service and volunteerism and are referred to as the Nobel Prize for Public Service.
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