Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center Youth Leadership
Program aims to develop the next generation of leaders through intensive and
innovative programs. These programs include the Ambassadors for Healthy Living and Teen Leadership, Community of Practice.
these programs, youth leaders are involved in projects such as assisting with
the Youth Educational Support (YES) After School Program, building and
maintaining a Garden, and developing community outreach program. They gather to
share experiences and participate in forums designed to hone their leadership
skills, such as:
- Conflict resolution
- Financial literacy
- Servant leadership principles
- Ethics and personal values
Southern University Agricultural and Research Extension
Center (SUAREC) has adopted the nationally known Youth Engaged in Leadership
and Learning (Y.E.L.L.) Curriculum.
The leadership programs
are open to all teens between the ages of 13 to 19. Students are required to
meet at least once a month and agree to be in attendance and volunteer at
programs and functions sponsored by the Ag Center.
for Healthy Living
The Ambassadors for
Healthy Living Program is a leadership component sponsored by 4-H and Wal-Mart.
While all of our programs address some aspect of healthy living, Ambassadors
for Healthy Living takes a more in-depth approach. The goals of Ambassadors for
Healthy Living Program are to ensure that all youth who participate in the
program: 1) have an understanding and acquire knowledge of the phrase, "healthy
living,” 2) have an understanding and acquire knowledge of the importance of
healthy living, 3) implement strategies to develop and maintain a healthy
eating and physical lifestyle, and 4) become ambassadors of healthy living in
order to encourage family and friends to develop and maintain a healthy eating
and physical lifestyle.
Leadership Community of Practice CoP
The Teen Leadership
Community of Practice (CoP) is a leadership program which is a national
collaboration, led by the 1890 Land Grant Universities. The goal of the program
is to provide a delivery platform for disseminating relevant, scholarly
information to improve teen’s leadership competencies and skills that will
focus on improving self-esteem, promoting wellness, enhancing cultural
awareness, improving leadership and life skills, and developing teamwork,
social skills and civic engagement.