YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAMMING
Civic Leaders and Mediators
Youth will be taught the skills of mediation facilitation and civic engagement advocacy. They will serve the Southeast Raleigh Community as Parent/Teen and Youth Community Mediators. They will also engage the community via grassroots outreach as it relates to educating community members around the issues at the voting polls and assisting citizens to reduce barriers to voting. Participants will also provide community service hours to projects that inspire them throughout the Southeast Raleigh area.
Digital Connectors Initiative Partnership
In this new One Economy and City of Raleigh initiative, SERA, Inc. will help recruit and support youth digital connectors who will be trained on basic technology innovations, and then share what they have learned with vulnerable populations (i.e. seniors, those without basic computer skills) within Southeast Raleigh.
This program will provide youth who need help with school work after school with time over the phone with a SERA, Inc. Homework Helpline Advocate. Whether it is English, Grammar, Science, or Math, SERA, Inc. will provide an opportunity for Southeast Raleigh youth to get the assistance they need to succeed in the classroom.
Youth who choose to enter the Internship/Mentoring portion of “Jewels & Gems” will be mentored by an executive within the for-profit sector in an area of the company the youth fids most interesting to him/her.
“Jewels & Gems” Mentorship, Internship and Job Placement Program
A Chinese Proverb says, “a child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.” Jewels & Gems Mentorship, Internship, and Job Placement program provides opportunities for Southeast Raleigh youth (our jewels and gems) ages 14 – 19 to be active participants in their own future by interning with major Raleigh businesses over the course of a year.
Youth who enter the Job Placement portion of the program will be provided with a job placement advocate who will work with the youth to ensure success by coaching the youth in the following areas:
Social Justice “Video” Book Club
Provides opportunities for youth and community members from all parts of Southeast Raleigh to join together to view films that have a social justice orientation. Participants will engage in pre-surveys about the topic of the film, provide thoughts, commentary and virtual action plans to change the plight of the characters or circumstances in the film. Participants will build problem solving and analytical skills by providing real world responses to the situation. Post-film surveys will be filled out after the movie, and those who contribute the most unique solutions to the dilemmas in the film will be given a prize.
Youth Ambassador Program
The Youth Ambassador Program is committed to supporting and engaging Southeast Raleigh Youth to become the best that they can be, personally, academically, and professionally. We do this by offering our communities youth opportunities for empowerment. The program is designed to create a sense of “ownership” and “self-empowerment” in youth ages 13 – 19 years of age. The ultimate goal is for youth participants to recognize their potential, engage that potential, and actively seek to be the change they want to see both in their communities and their own lives. Its premiere focus is to facilitate ‘youth empowerment.”
The SERA, Inc. Youth Ambassadors are responsible for setting the tone and stage for how youth should envision and live their lives in the 21st century. The Ambassadors represent both SERA, Inc. and the Southeast Raleigh community. The Ambassadors will service the communities of Southeast Raleigh by acting as facilitators, advocates, and problem-solvers in all of SERA, Inc. programs. They will also provide other Southeast Raleigh community organizations with assistance on community service projects and provide their peers with positive leadership role influence. The Staff at SERA, Inc. is proud to work with these youth who are building their self-actualization tool kit as they continue to grow as assets to the communities in which they live and learn.
Youth Entrepreneurial Technology Institute
Southeast Raleigh youth between the ages of 13 – 17 who are enthusiastic, resourceful and have a strong interest in starting their own business and an interest in technology (particularly around web development) will be afforded on opportunity to participate in our Youth Entrepreneurial Technology Institute.
Data and research tells us that when a young person is able to grab hold of a dream and has the support to shape that dream into something tangible, the individual can begin to empower themselves with the hard and soft skills necessary to be successful. There is no stopping a young person filled with confidence, belief in their abilities and who has the right level of support around their goals.
What they will learn: