EDGE Youth Leadership (formerly NCYLS)

Rating: 5 stars   67 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education

Location: 2777 Alvarado St. San Leandro CA 94577 USA

Mission: Our mission is to seek out outstanding young leaders and help them develop their leadership potential, as well as encouraging them to volunteer to make an impact on their community.
Results: EDGE Youth Leadership has grown every year for the last four years to serve an average of 150 students a year. Through a survey conducted at the start and end of the seminar, students demonstrate a 20% average increase in confidence in public speaking, ability to make a difference through volunteering, interest in service, and confidence in their own leadership skills. Participants have also demonstrated that EDGE has a lasting impact on their desire to volunteer. In a long-term survey, students indicated that EDGE was the second highest influence of their motivation to volunteer.
Target demographics: All high school sophomores, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. Because we are a free seminar, in a time of budget cuts, schools can turn to use for excellent leadership development without worrying about cost.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 150 students
Geographic areas served: Northern California
Programs: an annual leadership seminar each spring or summer that kicks off a new, yearlong mentoring program to help students discover what they are passionate about, create an action plan and effect positive change in their schools and communities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was a participant at EDGE my sophomore year and I absolutely fell in love with the program and everything that it stands for. I couldn't help but come back every year after to continue to be apart of this life changing experience. I am currently going into my 3rd year as a volunteer.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with EDGE ever since I attending the seminar as a sophomore in high school in 2011, and am consistently blown away by the incredible impact the program makes on each student who has the opportunity to attend. I am so lucky to be a part of such an incredible seminar as a member of the planning committee and have learned so much from the inspirational individuals who put on, attend and speak at the program.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteer my time at EDGE Youth Leadership as the Media Director. I really love this organization so much. EDGE makes such a huge positive impact in the lives of the HS Sophomores who attend. I see their transformation as they gain in confidence and leadership skills over the weekend, it is truly amazing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am the media director of EDGE, and have been since 2006. EDGE is such an amazing organization, all of the students who go through the seminar are so inspired to achieve so much more with their lives. They leave the weekend really inspired to try to make a difference in the world. And the students make life long friends and have one of the best times of their lives.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with EDGE was an inspiring experience! I was impressed with their intention, their message, the organization and the participants. This was an experience that I wished was available to me when I was in high school. (As is available to high schoolers now.).

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Rating: 5 stars  

I attended EDGE as high school sophomore in 2012 and have been returning every year since as a member of the planning committee. EDGE Youth Leadership is a life-changing seminar that allows emerging leaders to experience three days of fun and educational learning, and personally it changed the way I viewed almost everything. The best part about EDGE is that as a student or volunteer you get to meet roughly 160 new people every year, and these people come from so many different backgrounds that it's so intriguing to just sit down and have a conversation with someone new anytime during the weekend. I am now a freshman in high school, and it turns out that my [random] roommate also attended EDGE the year that I did. We are now best friends and have that initial bond that was sparked by EDGE.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My EDGE experience was by far the best experience I could have ever had! I still remember the moment when I drove up to the camp wondering what I had gotten myself into! People were screaming left and right and dancing around. Like who does that right?! But then I met my group and the other amazing people that were going through the experience with me. By the end of the camp I felt like I new everyone and my leadership skills had grown so much. I loved the new perspective I had on the world. After EDGE I felt so empowered to make all my dreams come true! I will never forget that experience that I had and the amazing friendships I made. Without EDGE I wouldn't be the person that I am today. I love EDGE and all the people in it. They're OUTSTANDING!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My journey with EDGE began as a student. Since then, I have served various roles and have continued to support this organization because I believe in the great work we do. Along the way, I have met so many amazing people who have become my second family. What makes this organization so special is the inspirational energy that resonates far beyond the seminar weekend.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I attended EDGE just this past year and the program greatly influenced my leadership and my perspective on life. EDGE emphasizes the importance of putting others before yourself and using your life to help create a positive change. I can honestly say that since my 3 days spent at EDGE as a student my attitude is much more positive and optimistic, I make a point to lift others up, and I am constantly searching for new ways to give back to my school and community. EDGE is a great program for all students as it strengthens leadership skills, builds confidence, and provides students with the encouragement they need to initiate the change they want to see. I will be attending EDGE this upcoming year to serve as a Junior Counselor, as I hope to provide this year's sophomores with the same remarkable experience I was given, as well as give back to the organization which has had such a positive impact on my life.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered at NCYLS for 2 years now and it has truly been a humbling and OUTSTANDING experience. It is like a filtered meeting arrangement for one of the best people you could ever meet. The staff and attendees are amazing! You could see, feel, and feed off of their energy the whole day. It is crazy how much energy there can be within one day. You get to witness again and again, as I always do, the power of positive and enthusiastic attitude. You also get to see how powerful it is to believe in someone. The power of one is a difference to the world. You get to understand what this sentence means when you come to NCYLS. It is truly an amazing experience you will not be able to see in a normal day.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not know what to do. It is like thinking what is beyond than the beyond point it is at now.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is one of the most eye opening experience that a volunteer can ever go to. You are motivated, inspired, and spirited. There is no other environment like that NCYLS creates, it is truly something you cannot get anywhere you go and one of the things that makes NCYLS so special. Leaders are not made here but they are made ready here with the inspiration, motivation, and confidence that they need to aspire anything they dream to. Nothings seems impossible after that one awesome weekend at NCYLS.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I attended NCYLS (now EDGE) last year. After attending this seminar, I decided to get a lot more involved in my community and school. Although I already had leadership skills, this seminar helped me improve and build on those! I loved this seminar so much, that I am now going back as a mentor. I would like to help the students feel comfortable just as I needed help doing. I know that it is difficult to step out of your comfort zone, but this seminar really helps students feel comfortable and expand on their skills and develop new ones.

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