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Sep 25

Wickham Avenue Alliance Helps Youth Leaders

Posted on September 25, 2017 at 10:47 AM by Communications Department

The Wickham Avenue Alliance has completed its 11th successful summer offering programs and learning opportunities for community youth. The Youth Leadership Program provides opportunities for youth in middle school or high school to give back to the community and learn valuable workplace skills while earning a weekly stipend. Promoting service learning, the leadership program had 20 youth from the Southeast Community as participants.
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During the summer, youth leaders engaged in educational programs such as a resume building workshop, an online career searching class, and a money management workshop presented by Bayport Credit Union.  Youth leaders also attended a Career Exploration Expo, where they were able to interview business professionals across different career paths and learn what it takes to follow in these leaders footsteps.  In addition to the many programs attended, youth leaders volunteered their time each week at local organizations over the course of eight weeks. In total, participants provided 2,863 volunteer hours among the five community sites including the C. Waldo Scott Center, Doris Miller Community Center, Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, Pearl Bailey Library and the Boys and Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula – Greater Hampton Roads Unit.