youth leadership

Help SCI develop young leaders into compassionate, engaged adults!

Last week, I was reminded of an amazing fact: SCI programming changes lives. While looking through dusty surveys completed by members of SCI Youth Councils in 2010, I came across a familiar name: Genesis Barrientos. 
 
Genesis is one of our 25 amazing SCI AmeriCorps members this year - 
a recent college graduate eager to give back to her community and willing to dedicate a year of her life to service. But just five years ago as a high school student in Lynn, she was a Girls Inc. of Lynn member serving on the Part of the Solution Youth Council, a youth leadership council facilitated by SCI AmeriCorps members.
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SCI and the Gloucester Youth Council: Let Youth Voices be Heard

Since Fall 2013, SCI has partnered with the Healthy Gloucester Collaborative providing training and support for the HGC-sponsored Gloucester Youth Council. Though they serve many functions in the Gloucester community, the mission of the group is to spread accurate information about teen drug and alcohol abuse in Gloucester while working closely with adult leaders and peers to prevent future substance abuse. 
 
This spring, I have been called in to work more closely with the youth, providing support as they transition to a permanent advisor. Though I’m only a few weeks in to my new role, I am already inspired by the leadership, poise, and empathy exhibited by the youth (ranging in ages 15-18).
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Youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize recipient inspiration to youth wordwide

Already anAlready an international political player at the age of 17, Malala Yousafzai has become the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. This comes only two years after she was shot in the head during an assassination attempt by a Taliban soldier while she was on her way to school.
 
Already an international political player at the age of 17, Malala Yousafzai has become the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. This comes only two years after she was shot in the head during an assassination attempt by a Taliban soldier while she was on her way home from school.
 
At the time of her injury, Yousafzai was already an outspoken propenent of access to education for girls in Pakistan. She began her political involvement at 11 as a correspondent for the BBC, blogging (under a pseudonym) about dangerous conditions in her native Swat Valley.
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Building Social Capital for Youth Success and Healthy Communities

Healthy Chelsea teens enjoying a nutritious lunch

Earlier this year, the SCI Board adopted a new strategic plan for the organization, certainly one of our most important developments in 2013. The new plan has been referenced in several places here on the site, including the updated summary of our programs and services. But I realized we hadn't blogged about some of our thinking behind the direction of our new plan, so wanted to do so here. Before getting into that, let me say a big word of thanks for Eric Curtis, who did a great job facilitating our strategic plan development!Read more

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