Youth Efficacy System
Opportunity Youth ages 14 – 24 who live in high poverty areas are at risk of narcissism and societal disconnect which leaves youth hopeless and engaged in selfish, risky behavior. This initiative combats social isolation & increases positive youth models by establishing a membership-based community for youth that provides training and workshops in the areas of leadership, business, and entrepreneurship, life skills, family and community engagement along with the necessary social services that promote self & community empowerment.
What we do
The Youth Efficacy System’s primary goal is to prepare youth for leadership in whatever field of work they choose. Youth affected by poverty must develop a high level of civic literacy and critical thinking skills to lead responsibly. Youth must be able to live and work in interdependent and ever-changing environments. They must be able to make intellectual and moral decisions and take action for the common good.
Leadership of this type requires development of traditional management skills such as planning, coordinating, and directing; it also requires an additional set of skills that include collaborative decision making, deal brokering, and resources bridging. This boundary-spanning leadership requires youth agents to learn and hold a standard of ethics and integrity (expounded in its core values: C.L.A.P.), work within defined structures alongside groups of diverse participants. WAL’s seasoned mentoring team and facilitators will serve as towers of strength to support youth in maintaining alignment as they assimilate to a new value system.
Participants will be provided the opportunity to learn the importance of behaviors and skills necessary to engage in a healthy lifestyle. Activities will include: nutrition workshops, fitness workshops, mindfulness workshops and the like.
Health education programs help empower individuals and communities to live healthier lives by improving their physical, mental, emotional and social health by increasing their knowledge and influencing their attitudes about caring for their well-being.