AALEAD truly believes our youth are leaders. We believe in providing our youth options in their programs to build leadership skills for the future. Youth are given the platform to make decisions, take action, and see results to promote ownership of programs. Staff invest in developing opportunities for youth to engage in peer mentoring in AALEAD programs.
AALEAD’s Summer Programs allow youth to access more opportunities to activities, events, community engagement, and leadership development. They also give our staff more time to engage on a deeper level with each of our youth. Over the years, we have moved toward a youth-to-youth mentoring model where youth take ownership of their AALEAD Summer Program by being a part of the planning and facilitating process. Youth are given the opportunity to facilitate programming for their younger AALEAD counterparts as well as their peers.