This curriculum is organized into four days, eighteen and paired units designed to move youth from individual leaders through, groups, teams and them connecting their change to impact in their own communities.
The Leadership Development workshops are a series of modules designed for the members to first explore themselves – their communities, interests, and skills — and then their potential leading to career interests. Throughout this series, there will also be trainings on various workplace issues such as decision making, conflict resolution, team building, dealing with difficult people. These activities are designed to create tension in addition to providing tools to resolve tension. It is critical to not miss any of the wrap up activities, key questions or exercises if so conflicts may occur that are very difficult to contain.
Units are trainings designed to enhance the Knowledge, Attitudes, Skills and Habits for emerging leaders. The KASH was coined by Bob Mohad Co-founder of Edge Learning Institute. Units designed to promote the change process and increase human effectiveness.
Modules – an abridged version of the TRICS™ model, a set of activities designed to build Trust, Respect, Integrity, Consistency and Self Esteem – which we deem as the building blocks to success in youth development. Learning Modules also serve as opportunities for youth to engage in leadership skills through individual, group team and community building exercises and activities.
The LeaderShift process engages youth and adults in a change process simultaneously referred to a Praxis Intervention process. These modules, units and phases are designed to promote an understanding of themselves and how they make a difference in their respective communities. Youth Workers are trained as facilitators in advance to reinforce the development of Trust, Respect, Integrity, Consistency and Self Esteem. Youth should typically be trained by Youth Workers whom are certified after attending the Adult Leadership Training Program or advance facilitators training methods. This is not an accident it is an intentional process to develop leaders. The Healing process is designed to address deficit issues which dominate the headlines and crush the sprit of young leaders. Issues such as individual shame and hurt among fathers and sons, Clicks formulated on the premise of pre-existing positive change organizations such as Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)prepare youth for the capacity to lead in a positive fruitful manner. Realizing that issues such as racism, poverty, poor educational systems have driven youth to make choices and or their parents or guardians made choices which do not promote positive outcomes. Collectively Reco Bembry and partner assembled exercises and Activities from a plethora of sources to build the LeaderShift retreat modules. Reco Bembry, Founder of the National Youth Congress and TRICS™ curriculum and Nedra Ginwright CO-Founder of Leadership Excellence and Akili Consulting served as primary facilitators to assemble, test, train and guide the process of leading youth and staff through the leadership development and healing process. Nedra quoted in the publication Youth Activism Identifies this as the “Legacy of Pain,” SPECIFICALLY AMOUNTG YOUNG PEOPLE OF COLOR whom have for many years experienced violence, grief, loss and despair without a process of healing. One must heal before one leads, this process required that we ask central questions of themselves, their groups, their related clicks and community and in turn formulate a solution or resolve to these perils to promote an organizational response such as crew leadership to address blight.
To provide a framework for the healing process among young people
Provide a framework for leadership development skills
To provide youth the opportunity to work on challenging issues in their communities
To provide youth with powerful leadership and teambuilding skills through action projects
To provide youth with an understanding of service learning and community service.
To provide youth with managerial and job readiness skills.
Program Design Goals:
o To change the culture of violence and crime in the community
o To increase the safety net for youth in local neighborhoods
o To utilize training activities and exercises to build leaders in the community
o To strengthen and develop core leaders at Youth Uprising
o To transform leaders into community change agents
o To meet youth where they are , lead them where they want to go
o Involve youth leaders in the development of the curriculum and content
o Reduce incidents of violence in the community
o Increase capacity of leaders to reduce violence in the community
o Develop leaders to sustain the reduction of violence and crime in the community