Developing Leaders Today to Transform the Communities of Tomorrow
Right now, they're only 12 to 18 years old and may be more interested in selfies or what their peers and favorite celebs may say. What’s important to them is being accepted and surviving life’s difficulties and that's OK. Learning to lead isn't a priority, but we see them as tomorrow's leaders.
Dallas Leadership Foundation's DLF Youth department reaches out to youth where they are. We serve more than 2,400 youth through our in-school program, POWER Lunch, our annual summer camp, POWER Camp, and through our POWER Sports initiative. The time young people spend with POWER coaches and mentors makes a measurable difference. Students who participate in DLF Youth's POWER Lunch program, for example, experience a 97% on-time graduation rate.
Once a week, we offer an in-school leadership training program during lunchtime. Power Lunch is designed to provide mentoring (both group and peer-to-peer) for at-risk youth of various cultures. They learn personal leadership skills such as properly responding to authority, conflict resolution, cultural sensitivity, academic achievement, and relationship management.
Youth ages 12 to 18 years old can attend this free summer leadership camp. It’s an intense, seven-week training that offers youth spiritual, physical, social, and academic growth opportunities. Daily activities include Bible Study, abstinence education, leadership and character- building training, job-readiness training, and weekly field trips to expose students to areas beyond their neighborhoods.
We love each student as we listen to his or her valued opinion. We also lead them to make wise choices about their life and education. We present customized curriculum in order to decrease classroom disturbances due to behavior, while encouraging students to use their leadership ability in a positive way. Power Lunch engages students in current and relevant issues. Each month a different topic is introduced and discussed for at least three to four weeks.
Our sports program addresses the pressures facing at-risk teens by combining physical fitness with mentorship. When youth have too much free time on their hands, teens risk engaging in activities that endanger their development into successful adults who commit their lives and families to God. DLF Youth's Ring of Hope Fitness Club offers a haven of support for urban youth to thrive.