Programs & 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 for Indianapolis Youth Development.

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Bowen Engineering/MEP Initiative

September/October, 2022
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.

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Business Orientation Project (BOP)

October 10 – November 14, 2022
This eleven-week program created in partnership with IUPUI’s Kelley School of Business connects students to minority professionals to gain knowledge of real-world career planning, the global market, traits of an effective entrepreneur, and more.

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Chase Youth Employment Summit

July 30, 2022
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.

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College Prep

June 1 – 25, 2022
Over four 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.

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College Prep Conference & College Fair

Saturday, August 27, 2022
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.

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Emerging Scholars

October 15, 2022
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.

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Imani Book Club

June 7 – July 14, 2022
In this six-week summer reading program, students improve reading and comprehension skills and learn about the many reasons to appreciate the written word.

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Jr. Self-Discovery

Saturdays, July 23 – September 10, 2022
During an exciting eight-week journey of self-discovery, elementary age youth learn effective communication skills, successful study habits and leadership behaviors.

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Lilly Summit

February 21, 2022
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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Mentoring for CLD Students

Mentees are connected to a professional, or peer, who understands the steps and preparation necessary to complete a college application and apply and interview for jobs.

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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.

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Precious Miss

September 25 – November 19, 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.

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Precious Miss (In-School) The PATH 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.

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Precious Miss (Satellite) Christamore House

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.

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Precious Miss (Satellite) Moorhead Resource Center

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.

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Precious Miss (Satellite) Westlane Middle 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.

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Project MR. (Male Responsibility)

October 1 – November 5, 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.

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Project MR. (Male Responsibility) Eastside

October 5 – November 9, 2021
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. (In-School) Edna Martin Christian Center

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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. (In-School) The PATH 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. (Satellite) Community Alliance of the Far Eastside (CAFE)

April 5 – May 10, 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.

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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.

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Rawls Scholars Medicine Initiative

February 10 – March 24, 2022
Thanks to the partnership with Eskenazi Health, youth have the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge on diverse careers in the medical field and an inside perspective from medical professionals during six weekly sessions.

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Role Model / Advisor Experience

Saturday, July 23, 2022
During this one day experience, youth and their parents meet with professionals from career fields that match the student’s individual career aspirations.

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SAT Prep

October 10 – November 14, 2022
This six-week program provides valuable insight, test-taking strategies and practical training on improving math and written scores.

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Self-Discovery / Career Exploration Project

September 12 – December 10, 2022
In this rigorous and life-changing 13-week 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

June 4 – June 25, 2022
Exclusively for students entering 9th grade and supportive adults, Success Prep is a four-week, in depth high school readiness program that culminates in a college tour.

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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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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 to assist with Indianapolis Youth Development.

We are committed to inspiring young people to maximize their abilities.