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About Junior Youth Action

Youth Action’s Junior Youth Action program provides 7th and 8th grade middle school students with early exposure to leadership and service to their communities. It gives them skills that will enable them to be socially responsible leaders.

Junior Youth Action (JYA) is a Philadelphia based free leadership development and mentorship program facilitated by members of Youth Action that seeks to empower 7th and 8th grade middle school aged youth to value the importance of education, civic participation, social justice, and equality. JYA inspires youth to reach their fullest potential, by cultivating an environment that encourages peer-to-peer interaction, academic achievement, and influencing youth to become leaders in their communities.

Hence, the program essentially has a dual purpose: (1) Students who enter this program will be equipped with fundamental leadership skills needed to become an exceptional future member of Youth Action (2) To prepare students to develop a social conscious and become leaders in their communities for the rest of their lives.

Our Objectives

  • To provide monthly training in areas of education, leadership, and service. Training activities are empowerment sessions that emphasize how education, service, and leadership must be interconnected and valued in order to achieve social change in their communities

  • To present twice a month service-learning opportunities for participants to become acquainted with volunteerism in their communities and to eventually become passionate about the idea of serving their communities

  • To offer high school and college students as mentors to middle school participants on life skills, leadership, and service

  • To issue field trips that will give middle school participants an opportunity to understand the importance of how leadership and service in one’s community can make a difference

Our Background

Junior Youth Action provides an assortment of service-learning opportunities, workshops, and trips that expose middle school-aged youth to the importance of education, leadership, and service. Participants are educated on important issues facing global communities and they engage in volunteer service, educational field trips, and other activities that pertain to servant leadership.

What makes our Junior Youth Action program unique is simple: we are a student-led mentorship and leadership development program. Members of Youth Action represent a cohort of intelligent, socially conscious, ambitious, and community involved students who mentor the next generation of young aspiring changemakers.

Many mentorship and leadership development programs are operated by young professionals or adults. Our mentorship and leadership development program is operated by students in high school and college. The mentor and mentee proximity in age allows for more trusting and respectful mentor-mentee relationships to flourish.

Our reviewed and professionally approved by educators curriculum follows a student-led model that has been tested on members and allies of Youth Action.  Junior Youth Action’s curriculum is completely focused on two elements: leadership and service. We believe the following components will mold participants into strong servant leaders: (1)interactive leadership development sessions (2) service-learning activities (3) field trips to historic landmarks with a specific focus on leaders in history. Junior Youth Action is a ten month program that meets on the first and third Saturday of every month from 12:30pm-2:30pm at the University of Pennsylvania. All sessions are mandatory for students to attend.

Interested in Joining Junior Youth Action?

Applications are currently closed for Junior Youth Action. If you are still interested in applying, please email inspire@youthactionteam.org to let us know you would like to join.
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