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Youth Leadership Council YLC. WE ARE ALL ABOUT CROSS-AGE LEADERSHIP. What is the YLC?. Collaborative between ISD 622 and 832 Sponsored by: Educational Equity Alliance ISD 622 Community Education Act as the youth advisory council for youth programs in community education

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youth leadership council ylc

Youth Leadership CouncilYLC



what is the ylc
What is the YLC?
  • Collaborative between ISD 622 and 832
  • Sponsored by:
    • Educational Equity Alliance
    • ISD 622 Community Education
  • Act as the youth advisory council for youth programs in community education
  • These partnerships help fund trainings and events. They also fund the mini-grants that we give to local groups in the area.
our mission
Our Mission

To provide youth with opportunity, leadership, service-learning, diversity, change and youth involvement in the community.

what are our goals
What are our Goals?
  • Student achievement
    • Working to close the achievement gap.
  • Student leadership
    • Increasing youth involvement in community events.
  • Service-learning opportunities
    • Providing chances for students to participate in prolonged service projects
  • Integrated learning
    • Creating opportunities for cross-age leadership and mentoring
what are our goals cont
What are our Goals cont..?
  • Cultural competency
    • Increasing awareness of other cultures and about the importance of diversity
  • Positive youth/adult relationships
    • Mentoring and motivating younger students
  • Student engagement in after school programs/out-of-school time
    • Increasing participation in enrichment and summer programs
  • Career Exploration
    • Introducing and exploring possible careers with students
what is our inspiration
What is our Inspiration?
  • Helping our community
  • Becoming better leaders
  • Knowing that we can improve the lives of people in our community
  • Motivating others
  • Working Hands-on and directly with individuals.
  • To make a difference in the world
the first members of ylc
The First Members of YLC

Thanks to the NYLT Camp.

Our first members:

  • Miguel Rivas ( 2nd left)
  • Arthur Moore III (Middle)
  • Nkaunaag Vang (right)

These three were the

first YLC students.

2009 2010 members
2009-2010 Members
  • Miguel Rivas
  • Lisa Yang
  • Jose Bello
  • Arthur Moore III
  • Amy Erlandson
  • Eva Gallegos
  • Davend Giddings
  • Nkaunaag Vang
  • Anjali Seshadri
  • Advisors:
    • Angelica Torralba
    • John Hayes
2009 2010 compared to 2010 2011
2009-2010 compared to 2010-2011
  • 9 members in 2009-2010
  • 14 members in 2010-2011
the team
The Team

Amy Erlandson—North High School, 10th grade

AnjaliSeshadri—Mahtomedi High School, 12th grade

Arthur Moore III—North High School, 12th grade

Cheng LengXiong—North High School, 10th grade

Emily Fellerer—North High School, 11th grade

Eva Gallegos—Mahtomedi High School, 11th grade

Jose Bello—Mahtomedi High School, 12th grade

Jose Carrillo—Mahtomedi High School, 10th grade

Lisa Yang—Mahtomedi High School, 11th grade

Rachel Mueller—Tartan High School, 11th grade

Ryan Cox—Tartan High School, 12th grade

Victoria Adofoli—North High School, 12th grade

Youa Yang—North High School, 12th grade

Zang Her—Tartan High School, 9th grade


Angelica Torralba-Olague

-Youth Program Coordinator

John Hayes

-Youth Program Facilitator


-Academic Advisor / YLC Advisor

AmeriCorps Promise Fellows:

Jay Rattanavong

LeAndra Williams

Megan Bartel

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Mini Grants
  • We gave the opportunity to groups in our community to conduct service-learning and youth leadership projects.
  • Process:
    • Students, staff & teachers can apply
    • YLC reviews & approves certain applications
    • Mini-Grant recipients receive a limited amount of grant money
    • Groups conduct their service-learning or youth leadership projects
    • At the end of the year, YLC coordinates a Celebration where the groups present the outcome of their projects.
mini grants2
  • We decided that our Mini-Grant projects should be a tradition and should be continued throughout our YLC years.
  • This year we decided to keep track of our participants and their projects to provide any assistants to make a better service-learning project for the youth.
our trainers and speakers

Our Trainers and Speakers

Sparks (Search Institute)

Service-Learning 101 (NYLC)

Mentor Training

Youth Community Connections


Spark is a quality, skill, or interest that light us up and that we are passionate about.

Sparks Come From within us

( Relationship between peer & adult)

3 type of spark

Talent or Skill

Something you care deeply about.

Quality you know is special, able to solve disputes between friends.

Research results

If adult who support your sparks more likely to have ascended of purpose, socially competent & physically healthy.

Use sparks to create serving tearing opportunity.

Sometime there will be a loss of spark but there is always a spark just transformed into a different element.

Tips For Sparks Champions

Spark can change overtime

Young people need multiple champion

A skill is not automatically spark

nylc national youth leadership council
NYLC-National Youth Leadership Council

Service-learning actively engages participants in meaningful and personally relevant service activities.

Service-learning projects work best when they fit the ages and developmental abilities of the participants, include interesting and engaging service activities, explore the context of the underlying societal issues the service addresses, and address needs that are important to the community being served.

Effective service-learning is an integral part of the learning process. It has clear learning goals that are aligned with the school curriculum or purpose of the extracurricular program. Learning becomes experiential and applied, deepening students understanding of the material, how it used, and why it important.

mentor training
Mentor Training

Connection between Mentor & true item.

Goal: to have a longer stronger relationships.


Follow rule

Safety of a youth

Understand youth development

Using a strength-based, youth centered approach

Models a healthy life skill

The role of Mentor not to fix someone or help carry their baggage

but to help them achieve their potential and carry the baggage


In Hopes to Maximize your Impact

- pay attention of things that they want not what they need.

- teach and model skill to help young people carry their baggage better.

- Find a kids spark

youth of community connections
Youth Of Community Connections

Shaping the Future of Minnesota’s Youth through Afterschool and Summer Learning Opportunities

“Everyday in the United States more than 15 million children leave school at the end of the day and have no where to go. More than a million of these children come from high poverty backgrounds” (Afterschool Alliance)

“ out of school time” do things outside of school.

Students have an average 2000 hours of out school time in a year.

“ The hours between 3 pm- 6pm are the peak hours for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and sex.” ( Fight Crime: Invest in Kids)

Prevents young kids for crime & violence.

Academic- tutoring and improving skills.

Achievement Gap

hands on twin cities
Hands-on Twin Cities
  • Works with over 250 nonprofit organizations serving 9 country metro are with opportunities to volunteer and strengthen the community.
  • They encouraged us to pass on acts of service value volunteering.
  • This is our first year with them and it

is going pretty good.

mlk day service 2009 2010
MLK Day Service, 2009-2010
  • 2009-2010:
    • Went to the White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church to help serve breakfast at their MLK Service Day.
    • We had the opportunity to listen to the Big Screen Broadcast of keynote address by Reverend Joseph Lowery.
mlk day service 2010 2011
MLK Day Service, 2010-2011
  • 2010-2011:
    • Coordinated service projects on site
      • Two peace & one beauty murals (showcased in ISD 622 middle schools)
      • Advocating for Haiti (bracelets for Haiti)
      • Community Cinema (discuss issues)
    • Invited a keynote speaker to talk about the importance of community and connecting with younger youth
    • Kick-off for mini-grant recipients
    • 75 people attended
peace jam be peace
Peace Jam … Be Peace!
  • We had the opportunity to meet
    • RigobertaMenchuTum(1992 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate from Guatemala).
    • President Oscar Arias Sanchez (1989 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate from Costa Rica)

Presenting to RigobertaMenchuTum

during the 2009-2010 Peace Jam

atlanta service learning showcase
Atlanta Service-Learning Showcase
  • Showcase our YLC program
    • Advocate our mini-grant process
    • How we coordinated the MLK Day of Service
    • Our model of cross-age leadership and mentoring
    • Importance of Sparks and out of school time programming
what we hope to accomplish
What We Hope to Accomplish
  • Cultivate new ideas of service learning , promoting youth leadership and youth as assets
  • Engage youth in their


  • Impact youth in the community
    • By being Mentors
    • Being a positive role model for them to look up to
summer activities
Summer Activities
  • Facilitate youth camps
  • Encourage them through their hobbies, interests, Sparks*
    • *A Spark is something a person is passionate about, an activity that leashes their energy and joy
  • Add youth voice and ideas to Summer programming
national youth leadership training 2011
National Youth Leadership Training 2011
  • Learn about the achievement gap and service learning
  • Expand more opportunities for leadership
  • Develop new ways to interact and serve with youth
  • Advocate for more community projects
  • Expand knowledge on addressing community needs
  • Developing a new goal for the

year 2011-2012 school year


Any questions, please contact:

Angelica Torralba-Olague

Youth Program Coordinator