Youth Advocacy and Leadership Coalition
The Youth Advocacy and Leadership Coalition (YALC) is a civic leadership program for youth ages 13-18 in Cuyahoga County. The YALC develops young adult leaders by training and supporting them in advocating for youth issues and links them to their communities through service learning experiences.
Recent YALC Accomplishments:
- Hosted over 300 youth in a Youth Summit titled “We are the Majority! Celebrating Youth Voices”.
- Partnered with 8 local agencies in Cuyahoga County to host the 1st Annual “We Are the Majority Rally”
- Hosted YALC Youth Hunger Games to advocate against hunger through a day of obstacle courses.
- YALC Youth traveled to Washington D.C. for the National Service Learning Conference to present their “Wealth, Power and the Little Guy” workshop to youth from around the world.
- Members participated in numerous service learning projects including Riversweep, Midtown Clean Up, Christmas with the Kids at the Cleveland Public Library, sewing baby slings for first time mothers and Gardening at the Hospice of the Western Reserve.
- Members took part in a 3 day 2 night Advanced Leadership Retreat to enhance leadership, teamwork, and communication skills.
Contact us at 330-599-7720 for more information on how to join!
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AgriScience In the City
AgriScience In the City is a new and innovative 4-H program currently being piloted in Cleveland and Cincinnati. Created by House Bill 59 (2013) and sponsored by Representative Jim Buchy with local support from Representative Sandra Williams (Cleveland), AgriScience In the City has the simple goal of exposing city youth to, and preparing them for, careers in the agricultural sciences. In Cleveland’s Central Promise neighborhood, Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) has partnered with Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) to place a 4-H Program Manager full-time in George Washington Carver STEM Elementary School (K-8) to fulfill the mandates of HB 59. In place since February of 2014, Cleveland’s AgriScience In the City program has exposed Carver’s Pre-K through 8th grade students to hatching chicks, red worm composting, soil creation and seed planting, fiber explorations, mushroom log cultivation, and other hands-on, agriculture-related activities. The program there will continue for the 2014-15 school year and will include the addition of an after-school 4-H Club. In addition to the school-based program, Cleveland’s AgriScience In the City also developed and delivered a farm-themed summer day camp for Central Promise Neighborhood children in grades one through six. Camp participants did daily rabbit, chick and garden chores, and made home-made bread, butter, cheese, and ice cream in partnership with the host- Historic St. Andrews Episcopal Church. As a complement to the K-8 AgriScience in the City program and also a part of HB 59, CMSD has added an Agricultural Educator to its teaching staff at East Technical High School who is charged with creating a new Agriculture/Food Science career pathway at the secondary level and encouraging students to participate in Future Farmers of America. Both CMSD and OSUE work jointly on transition activities to assist 7th and 8th grades interested in the new career pathway.
Real Money, Real World
- To increase participants' awareness of how education level and corresponding career choice influence personal income and financial security.
- To increase the students’ knowledge of money management tools used in daily spending for cost-of-living decisions.
- To increase participants’ awareness of how income and lifestyle choices affect the amount of money available for discretionary spending