Mission: The mission of the center for leadership development ("the center") is to foster the advancement of minority youth as future professional, business, and community leaders by providing experiences that encourage personal development and educational attainment.
Programs: The center exposes youth to sixteen curriculum-based programs and experiences which teach and nurture the participants in the center's five touchstone values: character development, educational excellence, leadership effectiveness, community service, and career achievement. The result is hundreds of african american and minority youth who graduate from high school, attend and graduate from college, excel in their careers, and return value to their community as civic leaders and volunteers. A total of 5,278 unduplicated program services were provided to parents and students during 2014.
college prep institute is a college readiness center serving minority youth and families with expert guidance from licensed guidance counselors, reading, math, and career assessments, educational software offered in a 30 computer learning lab, college searches, financial aid, literacy workshops, and referrals to community resources, all free of charge.
college prep conference and college fair: a statewide annual event for students and parents, offering vital information advancing college admission, persistence, and graduation. The conference includes keynote speaker, breakout sessions, and panels with university representatives and other experts exploring the path to college and beyond. After the conference, participants can visit exhibit booths hosted by representatives from participating educational institutions.
I am 33 now, but I still remember my days with the Center For Leadership Development or better known as CLD. CLD taught me so much as a young African-American, about etiquitte, the importance of being on time, interviewing skills, college admissions, what to expect in college, responsiblity for self, maturity, conflict resolution...should I go on. Its mentors are leaders in the community that can relate well with the students they work with. They have such a myraid of programs, as a former participant and now a parent, I can't wait to get my child into their programs.
With so many schools that have limited counseling for students, this program fills the holes found in our public schools.