LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
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These distinguished experts in their fields will each teach the students a different skill, perspective, and/or lesson, which the students will implement within their summer group workshops. Students will have the opportunity to network and learn from these influential and inspiring leaders. Below are just a few of the mentors from whom we will have the pleasure to learn.
Meet the Team Leaders
The students will be divided into three groups, each led by one member of our YU Consulting Task Force. The team leaders are under the guidance of Yeshiva University's Allen Pfeiffer and Project Proactive's Shoshana Mehler. The team leaders will help their groups bring the classes to life and help each group create a mental health related project of their own. Awarded to the team with the best project (judged by the Project Proactive founders and board members) will be a $500 stipend for the team to use on actualizing their project proposal throughout the year.
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“Give” or “Get” - $500 tax deductible donation
In order to make the cost of our programming free to students, we will be implementing a GIVE OR GET program. The goals of this funding are: to offset any costs incurred by the summer program, costs incurred on projects done throughout the year, and to be able to invest more money into the Project Proactive programs and outreach. Therefore, we are asking each participant to either GIVE (donate a minimum of $500 to Project Proactive) or GET (raise a minimum of $500 for Project Proactive).
WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
High School students who have completed 9th-12th grade (ages 14-19), who want to make a difference in their communities.
Some characteristics we are looking for are:
good communication skills
a team player
WHAT will you gain from this program?
A thorough education of the mental health challenges facing our communities today
Connections with experts and leaders in our community
An impressive addition to any resume or college application
Experience working collaboratively with motivated peers and knowledgeable mentors
A final project competition with the chance to earn $500 towards helping your community
Teens will spend two weeks gaining hands-on experience, honing community leadership skills, learning about the current challenges facing our community, networking and soaking-in meaningful insights and information from renowned community leaders across the globe. You may still have lots of questions even after you have read all of the info above. We will try to answer the most common Q’s for you below.
If you still have questions after you read this, reach out! Our contact info is at the bottom of the page.
Q: What does a daily schedule look like?
A: The day starts with a 10:00AM group session followed by an impactful speaker who will provide helpful insights on being a leader. We will then break from noon until 2:00PM and then return for group work and a speaker who will teach about mental health from 2:00PM- 5:00PM. We will end each day with a discussion and wrap-up.
Q: What will I walk away with from this program?
A: We have many goals for this 2-week program. We want teens to walk away with:
An understanding of their place within the global community and the potential impact that one person can make.
The ability to tap into core strengths and further develop natural leadership capabilities.
Skills to work effectively within a team.
Practical implementation skills such as self-editing, writing for blogs, social media marketing, budgeting and fundraising.
Self-awareness, a deeper understanding of their personal narrative and the power to re-write it.
Connections with community leaders and educators across the globe.
The opportunity build-up their resume in a meaningful way and develop relationships with people who can potentially write great letters of recommendation.
An understanding of mental health vs. mental illness and how we can use that knowledge towards prevention.
Skills and knowledge to help normalize mental health and reduce shame and stigma in our schools and communities so people can get the support and treatment they deserve.
The ability to speak intelligently about mental health related topics.
The basics of mental health first aid and peer crisis intervention.
The opportunity to participate in follow up programming and additional workshops throughout the year.
Q: When do I need to raise $500 give-or-get by?
A: This should not feel like a burden. Our program is designed to help develop fundraising skills and time will be designated towards these efforts. We expect that you will have easily raised $500 by mid-august, roughly two weeks after the program has ended. At this point it is expected that parents or teens will donate any shortfall.
Q: Where does the raised money go?
A: A portion will go towards expenses of running the program and the prize for the winning group so they can implement their plan. The rest will be invested in future teen resources and programming.
Q: How do we accept our applicants?
A: We look at our applicants on both a first-come-first-served basis as well as their leadership potential. Meaning we have no set-in-stone deadline applications must be submitted by, however, the earlier you submit your application the more likely you are to be admitted into the program. In the interview we will get a better sense if you are the right fit for this program.
Q: I am not a teen but I want to get involved?
A: This program is only for teenagers who have completed 9th grade – 12th grade, however you can sign up for emails to receive updates on potential programs and opportunities that you can get involved in for college age students. Check out the Get Involved page for opportunities that might be a good fit for you.