Youth Action has been dedicated to being a premier non-profit organization, in which students are leaders of the non-profit. We provide opportunities to help students gain leadership, professional skills, serve their communities, develop creative projects that inspire others, and effect social change.
Students who are members of our Service Leader Program (SLP-General Body members of Youth Action) have completed our service training programs which include – Junior Youth Action and the Inspiring Leaders Program. Service leader members of Youth Action utilize the leadership and service project planning training they received in Youth Action’s JYA and ILP programs to organize service projects on their own as members. Generally, members of SLP are upperclassmen in high school and college students. Those students who did not participate in either JYA or ILP, can still become members of Youth Action’s general body through the completion of an interest form. Students also receive coaching/mentorship and support from Youth Action’s Advisors with their service projects and other life skills.
Youth Action’s Service Leader Program members (General Body) meets at the University of Pennsylvania every third Saturday from 10am-12pm.
Middle school students (7th & 8th grades) and high school students (9th & 10th grades) should complete an application to join either the Junior Youth Action or Inspiring Leaders Programs before applying to join Youth Action’s General Body Membership/Service Leader Program.
Our Service Leader Program members participate in the following as members of our General Body:
Develop a Service Theme
Members develop a service theme for the year that captures the issue they wish to address during the service year. Past service themes have included – Violence Prevention, Teenage Pregnancy, Homelessness, College Readiness, and Literacy.
Gain professional development experience
Through workshops conducted by leaders/experts in various industries and fields, students receive mentorship and training in career, leadership, and service.
Meet and work with like-minded people
Our members are able to work with passionate and like-minded high school and college students from around the city to do service.
Service Project Planning
Students have many opportunities to volunteer and receive funding to organize up 6 different service projects in Philadelphia including our annual toy drive.
Community Service Accomplishments
Through our programs and events, students can receive at least 50 service hours for the year.