Programs & Initiatives

Center for Leadership Development programs cultivate students and parents and equip them with the tools, character development, values, and skills they need to flourish, overcome obstacles, and enrich their communities. Through Indianapolis Youth Development, CLD
prepares students for a lifetime of success. More than 50,000 students and families impacted by CLD are leading, serving, and transforming their communities.

Each and every individual has the potential to thrive and excel at the highest levels regardless of background, income, city, or zip code to achieve and become positive influencers in their community.

Recognizing the need to reach and elevate more youth, CLD programs are now being offered at satellite and in-school locations in addition to CLD. Participants in these programs increase their school attendance and academic performance as well as become positive role models for their peers.

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Bowen Engineering/Purdue Minority Engineering Program Initiative

October 8 & 12, 2023
Aspiring engineers are encouraged to apply! Made possible by the support of Bowen Engineering and in partnership with Purdue University IDEAS Learning Community, participants take a hands-on learning approach to engineering concepts and complete a group project.

Registration Closed

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Business Orientation Project (BOP)

January 14 – March 25, 2023 | 11 weekly sessions
Local human resource leaders and educators, partnering with the Kelley School of Business, will engage, instruct, inform, lead and prepare CLD students to be successful in the workforce.

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Chase Youth Employment Summit

Date TBD
This once-a-year opportunity allows select student leaders who have expressed a career interest in business or finance to engage in a series of related workshops.

Registration Closed

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College Prep – Summer

May 31 – June 28, 2023 | 2 sessions for 4 weeks
Students and parents gain knowledge from collegiate guest speakers and current college students about proper planning and campus life. Program culminates in a college tour.

Registration Closed

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College Prep Conference & College Fair

Saturday, September 16, 2023
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.

Registration Closed

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Cummins-CLD Senior Leadership Speaker Series

October 13, 2022
Cummins Inc., a global power technology leader, is offering CLD alumni an opportunity to learn about the company. Join us and meet with Cummins executive leaders to continue our new CLD Pipeline Program with the Cummins-CLD Senior Leadership Speaker Series.

Registration Closed

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Emerging Scholars

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During this one-day experience, participants learn from CLD’s college partners about outside scholarships, how to apply for financial aid, and more. Senior graduates of the Self-Discovery and College Prep program receive formal CLD scholarship applications.

Registration Closed

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Imani Book Club – Summer

June 6 – July 13, 2023 | 6 weekly sessions
In this summer reading program, students improve reading and comprehension skills and learn about the many reasons to appreciate the written word.

Registration Closed

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IU Bowen CLD Initiative

September 13 & 17, 2022
IU Bowen CLD Initiative, provides students and supportive adults with the opportunity to learn about the academic, professional, and social opportunities in the business field through the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington.

Registration Closed

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Jr. Self-Discovery

July 22 – September 9, 2023 | 8 weekly sessions
During an exciting journey of self-discovery, elementary age youth learn effective communication skills, successful study habits and leadership behaviors.

Registration Closed

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Lilly Summit

February 20, 2023
This three phase opportunity introduces 11-12th graders to career possibilities at Eli Lill & Co., through workshops, tours and networking ending with possible internship and job opportunities.

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Parent Ambassador

The Center for Leadership Development (CLD) Parent Ambassador Initiative is designed to utilize enthusiastic, knowledgeable and motivated CLD Alumni to positively promote the organization. Ambassadors assist in program and services recruitment and represent CLD at various functions in their communities.

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Parents Chat

This all parent program covers issues that impact today’s youth through a series of meetings, activities and peer to peer networking.

Registration Closed

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Precious Miss – Spring

March 7 – April 29, 2023 | 8 weekly sessions
Girls strengthen self-esteem, identify positive friendships and relationships, develop a healthy body image, embrace educational values and create life-long achievement goals.

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Precious Miss: The PATH School (In-School)

March 16 – May 11, 2022
In eight weekly sessions, girls strengthen self-esteem, identify positive friendships and relationships, develop a healthy body image, embrace educational values and create life-long achievement goals.

Registration Closed

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Precious Miss: Belzer Middle School (In-School)

September 21 – November 16, 2022
In eight weekly sessions, girls strengthen self-esteem, identify positive friendships and relationships, develop a healthy body image, embrace educational values and create life-long achievement goals.

Registration Closed

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Precious Miss: Fall Creek Valley Middle School (In-School)

September 19 – November 14, 2022
In eight weekly sessions, girls strengthen self-esteem, identify positive friendships and relationships, develop a healthy body image, embrace educational values and create life-long achievement goals.

Registration Closed

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Precious Miss: Center for the Far Eastside (CAFE) (Satellite)

October 13 – December 8, 2022
In eight weekly sessions, girls strengthen self-esteem, identify positive friendships and relationships, develop a healthy body image, embrace educational values and create life-long achievement goals.

Registration Closed

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Precious Miss: Christamore House (Satellite)

April 6 – May 25, 2022
In eight weekly sessions, girls strengthen self-esteem, identify positive friendships and relationships, develop a healthy body image, embrace educational values and create life-long achievement goals.

Registration Closed

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Precious Miss: Moorhead Resource Center (Satellite)

April 14 – May 26, 2022
In eight weekly sessions, girls strengthen self-esteem, identify positive friendships and relationships, develop a healthy body image, embrace educational values and create life-long achievement goals.

Registration Closed

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Precious Miss: Westlane Middle School (In-School)

March 28 – May 23, 2022
In eight weekly sessions, girls strengthen self-esteem, identify positive friendships and relationships, develop a healthy body image, embrace educational values and create life-long achievement goals.

Registration Closed

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Project MR. (Male Responsibility) – Spring

April 1 – May 6, 2023 | 6 weekly sessions
Young men learn the significance of being a responsible male, how to defuse challenging pressures, set high academic and career goals, work collaboratively and communicate effectively.

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Project MR.: Edna Martin Christian Center (In-School)

Coming Soon
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 collaboratively and communicate effectively.

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Project MR.: The PATH School (In-School)

April 6, 2022 – May 11, 2022
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 collaboratively and communicate effectively.

Registration Closed

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Project MR.: Community Alliance of the Far Eastside (CAFE) (Satellite)

November 1 – December 6, 2022
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 collaboratively and communicate effectively.

Registration Closed

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Project MR.: Moorhead Community Resource Center (Satellite)

October 26 – December 7, 2022
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 collaboratively and communicate effectively.

Registration Closed

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Purdue Agriculture Initiative

August 9, 2022 & August 13, 2022
CLD’s Purdue Agriculture Initiative, presented in partnership with Purdue University, provides students and supportive adults with the opportunity to engage in hands-on projects, learn more about the agriculture industry, tour Purdue’s campus and experience the School of Agriculture’s program.

Registration Closed

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Rawls Scholars Medicine Initiative

February 2 – March 9, 2023 | 6 weekly sessions
Thanks to our partnership with Eskenazi Health, youth receive firsthand knowledge about the diverse careers in the medical field and an inside perspective from medical professionals.

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Role Model / Advisor Experience

Saturday, July 22, 2023
Youth and their parents converse and network with professionals from career fields that match the student’s individual career aspirations.

Registration Closed

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SAT Prep – Summer

July 10 – August 14, 2023 | 6 weekly sessions
This program provides valuable insight, test-taking strategies and practical training on improving math and written scores.

Registration Closed

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Self-Discovery/Career Exploration Project – Spring

February 6 – May 6, 2023 | 13 weekly sessions
In this rigorous and life-changing experience, participants discover how to achieve their personal, educational and career goals. Self-Discovery/Career Exploration Project (SD/CE) is prerequisite for other exciting opportunities including becoming a CLD scholar.

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Student Ambassador

Student Ambassadors serve as an essential component to CLD’s marketing efforts by coordinating school promotions, staffing events and recruiting peers.

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Success Prep – Summer

June 3 – June 24, 2023 | 4 weekly sessions
Success Prep is an in-depth high school readiness program exclusively for students entering 9th grade and their supportive adults that culminates in a college tour.

Registration Closed

Workshops

Workshops

CLD’s workshop series covers topics reflecting student’s needs and the whole academic journey. Workshops are free and open to the public. Attendance at all workshops is not required. Register today and refer-a-friend!

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Workshop Series: Him By Her School (In-School)

September 21, October 19, and November 16 2022
CLD’s workshop series covers topics reflecting student’s needs and the whole academic journey. Workshops are free. Attendance at all workshops is not required. Register today and refer-a-friend!

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Workshop Series: The Believe School (In-School)

September 2, September 23, November 11, and December 2, 2022
CLD’s workshop series covers topics reflecting student’s needs and the whole academic journey. Workshops are free. Attendance at all workshops is not required. Register today and refer-a-friend!

Registration Closed

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Workshop Series: ROCK Children & Youth Community Center (Satellite)

October 27, 2022 – January 12, 2023
CLD’s workshop series covers topics reflecting student’s needs and the whole academic journey. Workshops are free. Attendance at all workshops is not required. Register today and refer-a-friend!

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Become a CLD Facilitator

The Center for Leadership Development depends on more than 200 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 to assist with Indianapolis Youth Development.


"We are committed to inspiring young people to
maximize their abilities." Dennis Bland, President & Facilitator