EDGE Youth Leadership (formerly NCYLS) Overview
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
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Help various phases of student recruitment, program curriculum development and post-seminar leadership development. i.e. make phone calls, school visits, stuff fundraising and recruitment appeals, etc.
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.
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.