Youth Leadership

Youth Leadership

Last year with the help of the Osceola County District Schools, the Leadership continuum created Youth Leadership for AVID middle school students. The AVID program, Achieving Via Individual Determination, is a national model to help students stay on track and prepare for post-secondary education.

This program promotes discipline, self-esteem, life skills and leadership qualities among identified at-risk middle school students. The program engages about 25 youth in a course that provides an intensive curriculum of interpersonal growth, community information, leadership training, and hands-on experiences. During the two week immersion program, using Valencia College as home base, these young students receive classroom curriculum coupled with a reinforcing community field trip. Community activities included teambuilding at the Osceola Sheriff’s Department Ropes Course, history, environment, and career/college exploration. Each graduate receives a certificate of completion and, hopefully, a sense of personal pride.  Most importantly, the participants receive the skills to be productive students, a new sense of community and an identified role they can play in community betterment and citizenship. 

Click a photo below to see the entire AVID Youth Leadership program in action.