PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES
Center for Leadership Development is fortunate to have professionals from various career fields volunteer as program instructors. In 2013, our staff and program facilitators served 2,474 unduplicated students and parents. We appreciate the time and talent commitments from our facilitators.
Foundational eight week journey of self-discovery for elementary age youth. Features interaction focused on developing effective communication, study habits and leadership behaviors.
Eight-week program that helps to strengthen self-esteem, identify positive friendships and relationships, develop a positive body image, embrace educational values and create life-long goals of achievement. (Females only)
Imani Book Club
This six-week summer reading program strives to improve literacy and nurture an appreciation for the written word.
Project MR. (Male Responsibility)
During six weekly sessions, young men learn the significance of being a responsible male, how to defuse challenging pressures, set high academic and career goals, work cooperatively with others, and communicate effectively. (Males only)
Role Model/Advisor Experience
A one-day experience to expose youth to a variety of professional careers based on their individual aspirations. Distinguished physicians, RNs, financial planners, teachers, pharmacists, counselors, accountants, engineers, IT professionals and others share their career path, job responsibilities, personal challenges and future career opportunities. Parents also discuss what it takes to help their child reach their aspired career.
An in-depth high school readiness program that educates students and parents/mentors on the knowledge and tools necessary for a successful high school experience.
College Prep Conference and College Fair
This full-day conference provides hundreds of participants throughout the state and surrounding areas the unique opportunity to learn important fundamentals about the path to college.
Opportunity for CLD high school students and parents to learn more about CLD’s college and university partners as well as the millions of dollars in scholarship opportunities, eligibility requirements, and guidance on how and when to apply. Seniors are provided with formal applications.
Self-Discovery/Career Exploration Project
In this rigorous and life-changing 13-week experience, participants discover how to achieve their personal, educational and career goals.
Through eight student sessions and four parent/guardian sessions, participants gain vital, first-hand knowledge from collegiate guest speakers and current college students who demystify financial aid, campus life, academic expectations, and career planning.
These six-week classes provide valuable insight, test-taking strategies and practical training on improving math and verbal/written scores.
Business Orientation Project (BOP)
This 11-week program created in partnership with IUPUI’s Kelley School of Business connects students to minority entrepreneurs and professionals to gain knowledge of real-world career planning, the global market, traits of an effective entrepreneur, writing effective business communications and how to succeed in business.
Rawls Scholars Medicine Initiative
Youth have the opportunity to shadow medical professionals and tour one of America’s five largest safety net health systems. Over six weekly sessions, youth gain firsthand knowledge on diverse careers in the medical field and an inside perspective on schools offering programs in medicine.
The College Prep Institute (CPI)
is the CLD’s new college and career readiness center. The CPI provides youth and families with the guidance, care and confidence needed to overcome the challenges that prevent them from excelling academically, attending college and obtaining a post-secondary education. Highly qualified licensed guidance counselors are available days, evenings and weekends to students and parents FREE OF CHARGE. The CPI is ready to provide reading, math and career assessments, college searches, financial aid literacy, information on internships and referrals to internal and external community resources.
Parents benefit from five informative give-and-take sessions with knowledgeable educators who discuss timely and important topics, including sexuality, financial literacy, what a supportive home environment looks like and strategies on how to sustain positive support.
We are committed to inspiring young people to maximize their abilities.
BECOME A CLD FACILITATOR
The Center for Leadership Development depends on more than 100 volunteer program facilitators to accomplish our mission of advancing minority youth to be future professional, business and community leaders. Our need for volunteers is always growing.