Jr. Self-Discovery/Career Exploration Project: 4th-6th graders
Young people are now facing more challenges than ever before. Through interaction with peers and facilitators, the youth begin a journey leading to success, receiving tools to overcome barriers that prohibit academic achievement. Students will gain an understanding of how to communicate well, how to study effectively and how to transition successfully from elementary school to junior high school. This program is held on 8 consecutive Saturdays in August and September.
The Precious Miss program is just for young ladies! Students learn how to strengthen and maintain good character, learn about themselves, explore friendships and relationships, develop a positive body image and increase their self esteem. Participants develop coping skills they will need when interacting with their peers and adults. This program is held on 8 consecutive Saturdays in October and November.
Project MR. (Male Responsibility): 7th-10th grade males only
This all-male program shows how young men can set goals, make healthy lifestyle choices, work cooperatively with peers and adults and communicate effectively. Students learn how they can handle pressures that lead to bad decisions and how to recognize the consequences of their choices before making them. Classes are facilitated by adult professional African-American men.
This program empowers parents to become better equipped to help their children excel. Group discussions allow parents to share knowledge about how to help their child develop into healthy, productive and responsible adults. Topics include: family influence and youth values, teen sexuality, financial literacy and philanthropy.
The goal of the CLD Book Club is to improve literacy by fostering a positive self-image and nurturing a love and an appreciation for the written word. Students read 2 books and engage in written and oral activities such as presentations, debates, journaling and keeping a vocabulary log. This program is held for 6 consecutive Tuesdays in June and July.
Do you know what it takes to be successful throughout high school and go on to college? This program, for students and their parents or guardians, answers that question, by providing information on high school academic expectations, study skills, time management, peer pressure and how to successfully enter college. The program is held on 4 consecutive Saturdays in June.
Who am I? Where am I going? How do I get there? Students learn and understand CLD’s Principles for Success: Character Development, Educational Excellence, Leadership Effectiveness, Community Service and Career Achievement. Students will learn how to improve communication, study effectively, increase leadership competence, exhibit behaviors of successful individuals, identify college and career options and requirements and understand how to recognize and overcome barriers to success. Students also complete a Leadership Service Project. This program is held for 13 consecutive sessions in both the fall and the spring. It is a prerequisite to the following CLD programs: Business Orientation Project, Rawls Scholars Medicine Initiative and College Prep Institute.
College Prep:* 10th-12th graders and college freshmen
What does it take to be successful in college? What is it going to be like? How do I study? How do I deal with financial aid? What do I need to know about selecting classes? Students and parents get a comprehensive view of college admission and graduation requirements and learn how to get into college, succeed in college and graduate.
Is it possible to score 2400 on the SAT? Of course! The program instructs students on each section of the SAT: critical reading, writing and math. Students learn about the test format, directions for the test segments, how to prioritize test-taking procedures and how to make the best use of test time. This program is held on 6 consecutive Saturdays in August through September.
Emerging CLD Scholars Meeting: 9th -12th graders
The Center for Leadership Development in partnership with our college and university partners offers scholarships to eligible CLD participants. Receive information outlining each institution’s scholarship requirements and speak with the college and university admissions representatives.
CLD College Prep Conference and College Fair: 8th – 12th graders
This one day event provides youth and their parent (s)/guardian(s) a unique experience: a college preparation conference followed by a college fair. Participants attend educational sessions that are designed to equip them with knowledge and skills for success in high school and college admissions and graduation.
Business Orientation Project:* 10th-12th graders
Youth learn about business and entrepreneurship from talented African-American business professionals who bring a wide range of knowledge and ability gained from meeting and overcoming real life challenges. Students learn how to plan their career choice, operate a business, make speeches, write business letters and interview properly.
Rawls Scholars Medicine Initiative:* 10th-12th graders
Many youth dream of being a doctor or nurse. Through a series of interactive sessions with doctors and medical students, this enriching program informs youth about the academic requirements and resources needed to pursue a career in the medical profession.
Role Model/Advisor Experience: 6th – 12th graders
During this one day event, youth and their parent (s)/guardian(s) can network and learn from minority professionals in careers of interest. You will gain knowledge on positive aspects and challenges associated with professions and the education/training required to enter and succeed in a career.
*ONLY graduates of the Self-Discovery/Career Exploration Project are eligible to participate