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A Year in the Life of a Lead Activist

Posted on May 04 2016

A Year in the Life of a Lead Activist
Youth4Education is a youth-led campaign to advance education equity through service-learning. You’ve heard us say that once or twice before. When we say youth-led, we’re talking about the Lead Activists. They’re the ones raising awareness, making change year-round.

WEEK ONE.
An intense kickoff at the National Youth Leadership Training – NYLC’s longest-running program – brings Lead Activists together in a week of leadership building and cultural exchange. They cultivate teams and exercise their voice, leaving prepared to address education equity in their home communities.

THE FIRST FEW MONTHS.
With new resources and knowledge, Lead Activists investigate barriers to education equity where they live. They recruit partners – peers, classmates, community members (be they teachers, friends, business, etc.) who share their passion. Together, they plan a project of greatest impact for their community.

6 MONTHS IN.
After a half-year of thoughtful preparation and continued online training and support from NYLC with other Lead Activists, it’s time to take action. That’s if they haven’t started already. Each project looks different, just as each Lead Activist is different and each community has its own characteristics. What they share in common is a goal: to make education just and accessible for all.

THE FINAL MONTHS.
With the project complete (or nearly complete), Lead Activists know what to do. They don’t check a box and call it done – they’ve made plans for sustainability and take this time to reflect on and strengthen the project, so they or someone else can build on their success moving forward.

AFTER ONE YEAR.
Lead Activists are transformed, having established a service-learning community and advanced education equity where they live.

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