"Youth Corps has unlocked and unleashed in me what it takes to not only be successful, but to lead others to success as well."
- Cleveland, Youth Corps Class of 2011
The Back Story
Youth Corps is a life-changing leadership training experience for 36 outstanding 9th and 10th grade students in the Midlands. Each year the program begins in August and ends in May. Participants experience nine different areas (modules) in which they gain exposure and opportunity to develop themselves and their leadership skills.
Youth Corps History
In 2002, one of the Youth Corps founders involved with other Midland's youth programs attended a Youth Leadership Conference in San Diego. The three-day youth leadership track provided best practices from numerous youth organizations across the country. Upon his return, a steering committee was formed to explore the possibilities of starting a non-profit organization dedicated to a hands-on leadership program for youth. Information and particulars were collected from forty other youth leadership programs, and the best of what was seen was put together into one blueprint which is now called Youth Corps.
What began as a vision of a few community leaders has exploded into what one national leadership organization called "an opportunity unlike anything in the country." With hundreds of supporters, 129 community leaders, multiple businesses and organizations, and five school districts, the Youth Corps experience is changing lives. And changed lives, change communities.