Youth-Led Change in Madisonville Core Team Application
Presented by
Madisonville Youth Community Council, Youth At The Center, and Strong Cincinnati

Program Overview
Who: Youth in Madisonville, grades 6-12
What: Strong Cincinnati: Youth-Led Change in Madisonville is a strengths-based approach for young people to advance a major project benefiting youth in the neighborhood
When: 2019-2020 School year
Where: Planning Meetings and the Impact Project will occur in Madisonville; youth leaders will also have the opportunity to engage in leadership activities outside of the neighborhood
Why: To enhance the opportunities for young people to positively contribute to the neighborhood and to shift the narrative about youth in Madisonville

Background
Strong Cincinnati works to foster strong, connected communities. In 2017, Strong Cincinnati engaged adults in Madisonville in a process designed to help them identify their strengths and apply them to community projects. Through this first round of projects, Madisonville residents established a farmers market, placed strengths-based flags at John P. Parker School, turned abandoned lots into pocket parks, hosted healthy cooking classes, and encouraged curiosity by building chess tables throughout the neighborhood.

Benefits to Participation
Work Experience: youth participants will receive valuable experience that they can include on resumes and include in college essays
Incentives: youth participants can earn incentives for their participation in the project
Service Hours: youth who volunteer their time can gain service hours for school requirements
Certificate: participants will receive a certificate at the completion of the project
Training & Development: youth will receive a training curriculum focused on identifying strengths, improving communication skills, and effective community engagement strategies
Mentorship: youth will receive mentorship opportunities to support personal development goals

Expectations
Core team participants will:
• Attend one Core Team planning session each month (3rd Thursday each month)
• Attend one monthly training session held at MYCC meeting (2nd Thursday each month)
• Attend MYCC meetings regularly to develop connections and provide updates
• Support the planning and implementation of the community impact project
• Periodically provide updates on their progress to the Madisonville Community Council and other groups invested in the work
• Support the development of resources that will allow this program to be replicated with youth councils in other neighborhoods

Key Dates
November 2 – Kickoff Meeting, Application Opens
November 15 – Application Deadline
November 25 – Notification of Selection of Core Team Members
December 10 – Core Team Orientation, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
December 12 – First Training Session at MYCC, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
December 19 – First Planning Meeting – 5:30pm – 7:00pm


Application Deadline:
November 15th
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