SER Youth of Promise Leadership Program is a Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Year Round Youth program that provides comprehensive year round services for youth ages 14-18 in high school.
The program focuses on academic enrichment, tutoring and mentoring activities, leadership training and career guidance and counseling.
The youth development program is based on the philosophy that youth are a Promise and that all youth possess the skills and capabilities that when nurtured, lead to many success in their lives. Students are paid a stipend for achievements. This program is funded by the Detroit Workforce.
Since 2009, the SER Youth of Promise Leadership Program (YPLP) has promoted the development and success of over 200 high school students in Southwest Detroit. This program, funded through the Workforce Investment Act, aims to foster and promote the attainment and development of life and work skills, leadership, and academic enrichment.
One of the main components of YPLP is its focus on career development and exploration. Youth analyze their career goals, learn how to create a resume, participate in mock interviews, and network with local community and business leaders at events, conferences and town hall meetings.
Furthermore, despite a national dearth in work opportunities for young people, YPLP youth are given the opportunity to participate in a 6 week paid summer employment experience. Currently, SER Metro-Detroit is hosting 17 of these students in- house, while the other 81 were placed in positions working at different organizations and businesses all over Southwest Detroit.
The YPLP youth are not just prepared for employment, but a major focus is placed on the importance of seeking vocational training opportunities and higher education. The Youth of Promise Leadership Program provides tutoring in core subjects, homework assistance, as well as help navigating the task of applying to colleges and finding scholarships.
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