Youth Getting Ahead in Leadership Program

 The goals of the Youth Getting Ahead in Leadership Program is to empower immigrant youth of color become self-reliant by exploring career development, obtaining higher education, building strong sense of self identity and self-esteem, democracy and advocacy skills. Youth Art Project aims at building self identity and esteem among immigrant girls in high school through the medium of the past three years, AAFACD is in the process of developing an innovative youth program with the goals to empower immigrant youth of color become self-reliant by exploring career development and obtaining higher education, building strong sense of self identity and self-esteem, democracy and advocacy skills. Although AAFACD youth program is coed, yet it has worked collaboratively with WISE’s Girls Getting Ahead in Leadership (GGAL), which is an all girl program. AAFACD provided lunch and weekly space for the group sessions.

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The organization’s staff facilitated:

*Two focus groups for computer literacy

*Four Art Workshops for defining self identity

*Attended “Girls Rock the Capitol”, working with WISE and the MN Women’s Consortium

*Collaborated with the Liberian Women’s Initiative of Minnesota (LiWIM) and wrote a proposal to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for Youth–AT- Risk, with the objective of working with Brooklyn Park Police Department and preventing immigrants youth from joining gangs and participating in criminal activities

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