Lead Yourself Youth is about creating a standard for life that aligns self-awareness, empathy, integrity, service and the ability to take care of ourselves no matter how abundant or scarce local resources.


The Lead Yourself Youth Curriculum integrates social, emotional and somatic learning in an environment of support & care. This is to facilitate the space for the development of self-care, self-awareness, empathy and coping.


We are here to build a bridge that leads to rich dialogue about emotions, about moods that shape us & about internal dialogue that we all experience, yet feel isolated with at times. The capacity and competency to talk about and deal with fear, anxiety, loneliness, uncertainty, vulnerability, shame and grief can be difficult when we are told to be strong, be brave and be happy or when we are told not to cry, not to let things bother us and not to trust others.


Lead Yourself Youth’s Leadership Philosophy:


The Leadership Philosophy is based on how each individual in our program defines it within the context of individual goals & aspirations.


Lead Yourself Youth is here to serve those who seek success in life. Whether aspirations are to be a caregiver, entrepreneur, educator or explorer,


Lead Yourself Youth co-creates the bridge to help adolescents transition from childhood to adulthood.


How to Get There:


We are here to provide tools to deal with real life situations around challenges faced both internally and externally. The tools we provide will identify and empower opportunities for personal learning with an emphasis on:


  • The thoughts and stories that exist in our head and the impact thoughts have in action
  • The skills needed to understand the impact of current practices and thoughts around community, money, leadership, citizenship, self-care, extension of care, emotions and how we show up to others
  • The resources to provide a bridge to the future that each individual designs
  • Experience in teamwork and collaboration to demonstrate the power we have to create positive outcomes that didn't exist before


Mentor Program:


Learn about our Mentor Program here.



Lead Yourself Youth exists to help break the self-limiting barriers that are common within adolescent development. We care about all communities and all future leaders thriving, regardless of socioeconomic status. This is not merely to break the poverty cycle, but to offer a path to transform the institution of education for all kids one barrier at a time by providing resources to pre-teens & teens otherwise unavailable.




To create the space of trust and safety within our educational system that facilitates dialogue about emotions and tough choices kids face. We serve to break the poverty cycle & the existence of underserved

communities by spreading experience through diversity for the greater economic good.


Why We Exist:


We are here to examine our reality rather than developing a defense mechanism to avoid it.  We are here to provide proactive strategies to deal with the issues 12-15 year olds face, rather than react and punish when something goes wrong.


We are here to introduce the understanding of why we think the way we think, how our habits are practices that shape us mentally, physically and emotionally and how this impacts the relationship with ourselves and with others.


We serve to create an environment of trust, safety with methods for adolescents to cope for the sake of sustainable leadership for years to come. Staying in school, knowing how to engage in healthy relationships, knowing how to connect minds to bodies and emotions will allow kids to stand in dignity, choice and grounding today and for years to come.


We are here to help break the cycle locally through the spirit of our local businesses commitment to build, serve & develop future leadership.


We are here to provide resources, encouragement & a framework that teaches, engages, we are creating new neural & life pathways.


We are here to educate mindfulness & ways to cope with tough situations. This will enforce a stronger immune system & the awareness to choose how to take a stand for the future with integrity & grounding.


Our  future leadership depends on it.




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