Category Archives: leadership development

Global Youth Service Day — April 12 – 14, 2019

The 31st annual Global Youth Service Day will be held during the weekend of April 12-14. Global Youth Service Day is the largest youth service and civic action event in the world and the only one that celebrates, expands, and sustains the capacity of all youth ages 5-25 and their communities to thrive by working together for the common good.

New this year: in addition to the usual service projects and celebration events, Youth Service America is encouraging young people to become activists and advocates to address root causes of problems through policy change and challenging everyone to help renew the spirit of democracy and citizenship that’s under threat around the world.

Find ideas and resources on the Youth Service America website.

AmeriCorps options for high school seniors and others

AmeriCorps is an option for high school seniors and college students, especially those needing support in planning their next steps. Additionally, a high school diploma or GED is not required to participate in AmeriCorps, making it an excellent option for students who have dropped out of school. AmeriCorps works to meet the needs of each individual in terms of education and training, including those with low reading and math skills. For those already enrolled in a college or technical school, most award college credits for internship/co-op experience for their months of service.

Through AmeriCorps, students are assigned to nonprofits, government agencies, institutions, and community-based organizations. In exchange for their 10 months of service, students receive money for future college study/job training or to pay off existing student loans (equal to current Pell Grant), student loan deferment, living allowances, health benefits, and new job skills.

AmeriCorps offers two Federal programs for 18 to 24 year olds including the NCCC Traditional Corps (Civilian Conservation Corps) and the FEMA Corps, which is focused on response to natural disasters.  Additionally, for those 18 and over with existing leadership skills (no upper age restriction) there is a Team Leader option for both NCCC and FEMA. Team Leaders manage groups of 8 to 10 young adults. All programs are open to citizens of any U.S. state or territory.

Learn more.

Opportunities galore! Contests, programs, and activities approved by secondary school principals

Looking for competitions, summer programs, career exploration programs, leadership development opportunities and more? The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) maintains a free online, searchable database. All the programs in the database have been reviewed and approved on the basis of educational value, financial support, organizational structure, promotional accuracy, and fair, appropriate adjudication. This is a national list, so not all opportunities are open or easily accessible to BCPS students, but it is definitely worth exploring.

Bank of America Student Leaders Program – deadline Feb. 1, 2019

The Bank of America student leaders program offers:

  • a paid 8-week internship at a local nonprofit
  • a weeklong Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C.
  • the opportunity to develop leadership and career skills and connect with like-minded students from nearby and across the country

Learn more online.

Be a voice for Maryland students: Apply now, deadline Aug. 15

Looking for a new way to get your voice heard?

David Edimo, the student member of the Maryland State Board of Education, is looking for middle and high school students to join his Advisory Council. The council will be a forum to discuss issues affecting students and will help David communicate with students throughout the state.

While all students are encouraged to apply, David is specifically seeking students who are not already very active in student government. He also is seeking geographic diversity. Serving is not an intensive commitment as the group will probably meet once a month and typically via teleconference.

If you are interested — or know someone who might be, the application is available at www.marylandsmob.org/apply. The deadline is August 15. Any questions can be emailed to David@MarylandSMOB.org.

Teen Leaders Institute at The Maryland Zoo is no place for monkeying around

Chances are The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore isn’t the first place you might think about visiting to learn how to successfully run a nonprofit organization. But that’s exactly the aim of the Teen Leaders Institute, a winter-long service learning program offered to high school juniors and seniors looking for experience with skills needed to run a successful nonprofit. For eight Saturday mornings from Jan. 30 through Mar. 19, 2016, Institute students will participate in hands-on learning activities, group service projects, and presentations to develop job readiness skills such as event planning, finance, marketing, human resources, customer services, and volunteer management. It’s a great place to learn universal skills, too, like public speaking, team work, problem-solving, resume writing, and leadership. And successful participants are eligible to apply for a paid summer work experience at the zoo.

Applicants must complete an online application and participate in an interview with zoo staff. Applications must be received by Monday, Dec. 12, 2015. To apply for the 2016 Teen Leaders Institute, visit www.marylandzoo.org/teenleaders. For more information, call 443-552-5266 or email volunteers@marylandzoo.org.

Apply now for Maryland Youth Advisory Council

The Maryland Youth Advisory Council is pleased announce that the application for the 2015-2016 term is now available.  The application is also available online at http://goc.maryland.gov/myac/.

In 2008, the Maryland Youth Advisory Council was established through the Maryland General Assembly to ensure that Maryland youth are given the opportunity to provide feedback and recommendations regarding public policies and programs that affect their future and to take a leadership role in creating meaningful change. By providing testimony in Annapolis and policy recommendations, council members have the opportunity to raise their voices and share their experiences with the Governor, State legislature, State agencies, and other youth.

Council members must be 14-22 years of age on September 1, 2015.

Application submissions must include:

  1. Completed application;
  2. One letter of recommendation; and
  3. Resume.

The deadline for applications is July 1, 2015.

If you have questions, please contact Christina Drushel Williams, at 410-767-2547 or christina.drushel@maryland.gov.

Completed applications can be e-mailed or mailed to the following address:

Christina Drushel Williams

Program & Policy Specialist

Governor’s Office for Children

301 West Preston St., Suite 1502

Baltimore, MD 21201

christina.drushel@maryland.gov