Host Site Organizations

The Initiative’s Youth Leadership Program program provides students invaluable real-world work experience in the local community.  While students benefit from mentorship and hands on experience, host site organizations Organizations that host interns benefit from new, energized staff for the summer whose wages are provided by the Initiative.  Students generally work 32-40 hours a week.

Following Orientation, students travel to their internship site to meet their mentor/supervisor and conduct their summer work project. Student projects are developed according to criteria defined by the internship program, but are created by each host organization and may vary with regards to the exact scope of work.  Students may work on any meaningful projects that are already in progress or host organizations may elect to create a specific project for the intern to complete.  All projects must be able to be completed within the five-week program.

The 2017 Program has now concluded.  Please check back in early 2018 for application deadlines for next summer.  

These important dates associated with participating in the Youth Leadership Program.

  • Host site applications due mid-Spring.
  • Selected host site applicants will be notified via email.
  • Host site organizations will be notified of intern placement via email on or before mid-May, 2018.
  • Program begins in mid-June, 2018 and concludes in late July, 2018.

Steps to apply and confirm your participation as host site in the 2017 Youth Leadership Program:

  • Complete the online application by clicking on the link below.
  • Register for the March 20, 2017 Potential Host Site conference call
  • Check your email for an acceptance letter to be sent by April 24, 2017

Ready to apply? Begin your application by clicking below!


Not ready to apply to host an intern just yet? Have some questions? Contact us via email at grants@ncinitiative.org and our program facilitators will get in touch with you!

For more information about the program and a paper application, check out the links below:
2017 Student Information and Application Packet
2017 Host Org Information and Application Packet

Previous Host Site Organizations

Since the youth leadership program began in 2008, the Initiative has partnered with 68 host organizations in 41 counties and served 230 youth participants.

2016

  • Cleveland County Community Development Corp., Cleveland County
  • Coastal Community Action Inc., Carteret County
  • Columbus County DREAM Center, Columbus County
  • Durham Community Land Trustees, Durham County
  • El Pueblo Inc., Wake County
  • EmPOWERment Inc., Orange County
  • Green Opportunities, Buncombe County
  • Institute for Emerging Issues/North Carolina State University, Wake County
  • Kingdom Community Development Corp., Harnett County
  • Monroe Union Community Development Corp., Union County
  • NC Community Action Association, Wake County
  • Passage Home Inc., Wake County
  • Prosperity Unlimited Inc., Cabarrus County
  • Rebuilding Broken Places CDC, Wayne County
  • Rutherford County Habitat for Humanity
  • Self Help Credit Union, Bertie County
  • Tides Center – Chapel Hill/Carrboro Youth Forward, Orange County
  • The Institute, Durham County
  • Young Black Males Leadership Alliance, Mecklenburg County

2015

  • Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, Henderson County
  • CEED Cumberland Center for Community Action, Robeson County
  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro Youth Forward, Orange County
  • Cleveland County Community Development Corp., Cleveland County
  • Coastal Community Action Inc., Carteret County
  • El Pueblo Inc., Wake County
  • EmPOWERment Inc., Orange County
  • Green Opportunities, Buncombe County
  • Housing Assistance Corp., Henderson County
  • Institute for Emerging Issues/North Carolina State University, Wake County
  • Lexington Housing Community Development Corp., Davidson County
  • Lumbee Guaranty Bank, Robeson County
  • Metropolitian Housing & CDC, Beaufort County
  • Monroe Union Community Development Corp., Union County
  • Passage Home Inc., Wake County
  • Prosperity Unlimited Inc., Cabarrus County
  • Rebuilding Broken Places CDC, Wayne County
  • Self Help Credit Union, Bertie County
  • Self Help Credit Union, Northampton County
  • The Institute, Durham County
  • Young Black Males Leadership Alliance, Mecklenburg County

2014

  • Bennett College Center for Entrepreneurship, Guilford County
  • Center for Economic Empowerment and Development, Cumberland County
  • Cleveland County Community Development Corp., Cleveland County
  • Coastal Community Action Inc., Carteret County
  • Columbus County DREAM Center Inc., Columbus County
  • EmPOWERment Inc., Orange County
  • Experiment in Self-Reliance Inc., Forsyth County
  • Generations Community Credit Union, Bertie County
  • Lexington Housing Community Development Corp., Davidson County
  • Lumbee Guaranty Bank, Robeson County
  • N.C. Community Action Association, Wake County
  • NCIMED Durham Passage Home Inc., Wake County
  • Rebuilding Broken Places Community Development Corp., Wayne County
  • Robeson County Community Development Corp., Robeson County
  • Southeastern N.C. Community Development Corp., Nash County
  • Winston-Salem Urban League, Forsyth County

2013

  • Cleveland County Community Development Corp., Cleveland County
  • Columbus County DREAM Center Inc., Columbus County
  • EmPOWERment Inc., Orange County
  • Generations Community Credit Union, Bertie County
  • Generations Community Credit Union, Durham County
  • Generations Community Credit Union, Vance County
  • Goler Community Development Corp., Forsyth County
  • HandMade in America, Buncombe County
  • Lexington Housing Community Development Corp., Davidson County
  • Lumbee Guaranty Bank, Robeson County
  • Millionaires in Training, Wake County
  • Monroe-Union County Community Development Corp., Union County
  • N.C. Institute of Minority Economic Development, Durham County
  • Northeastern Community Development Corp., Camden County
  • Passage Home Inc., Wake County
  • Prosperity Unlimited Inc., Cabarrus County
  • Rebuilding Broken Places Community Development Corp., Wayne County
  • Robeson County Community Development Corp., Robeson County
  • Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority, Rutherford County
  • Upper Yadkin Valley Habitat for Humanity, Surry County

2012

  • Brick Capital CDC, Lee County
  • Center for Econ. Empowerment & Dev., Cumberland County
  • Cleveland County CDC, Cleveland County
  • EmPOWERment, Inc, Orange County
  • Generations Community Credit Union, Vance County
  • Generations Community Credit Union, Bertie County
  • Generations Community Credit Union, Durham County
  • Goler CDC Forsyth Lexington Housing CDC, Davidson County
  • Lumbee Guaranty Bank, Robeson County
  • Millionaires in Training, Wake County
  • NCACDC, Wake County
  • NCIMED, Durham County
  • Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), Edgecombe County
  • Passage Home, Inc, Wake County
  • Randolph Cty Econ. Dev/Tourism Authority, Randolph County
  • Rebuilding Broken Places CDC, Wayne County
  • Robeson County CDC, Robeson County
  • Self Help Credit Union, Pitt County
  • The Center for Rural Innovation, Mitchell County
  • Unity Builders, Inc, Guilford County
  • Warren Family Institute, Vance County
  • Warren Family Institute, Warren County

2011

  • CEED, Cumberland County
  • Cleveland County CDC, Cleveland County
  • Columbus County DREAM Center, Columbus County
  • Comm. Housing Dev. of MSI, Iredell County
  • Durham Community Land Trustees, Durham County
  • EmPOWERment, Inc., Orange County
  • Generations Community Credit Union, Durham County
  • Generations Community Credit Union, Bertie County
  • Housing Assistance Corporation, Henderson County
  • Lakewood CDC, Mecklenburg County
  • Lumbee Revitalization and Community Dev., Robeson County
  • Monroe-Union County CDC, Union County
  • NCACDC, Wake County
  • NCIMED, Durham County
  • Passage Home, Inc., Wake County
  • Rebuilding Broken Places CDC, Wayne County
  • Robeson County CDC, Robeson County
  • Self Help Credit Union, Pitt County
  • Swain County Chamber of Commerce, Swain County
  • Unity Builders, Inc., Guilford County

2010

  • A Positive Vision, Forsyth County
  • Blue Springs-Hoke County CDC, Hoke County
  • Brick Capital CDC, Lee County
  • CEED, Cumberland County
  • Central Children’s Home, Granville County
  • Cleveland County CDC, Cleveland County
  • Comm. Housing Dev. Corp. of MSI, Iredell County
  • Durham County Land Trustees, Durham County
  • EmPOWERment CDC, Orange County
  • Friendship CDC, Mecklenburg County
  • Gateway CDC, Vance County
  • Goler CDC, Forsyth County
  • Haliwa Saponi Indian Tribe, Halifax County
  • HandMade in America, Buncombe County
  • Lexington Housing CDC, Davidson County
  • Lumbee Revitalization and CDC, Robeson County
  • Millionaires In Training, Wake County
  • Monroe-Union County CDC, Union County
  • NC Association of CDC, Wake County
  • NC Institute of Min. Econ. Dev., Durham County
  • NC Minorty Support Center, Durham County
  • Northeastern CDC, Camden County
  • Passage Home, Wake County
  • Passage Home, Inc., Johnston County
  • Quality of Life Association, Hertford County
  • Rebuilding Broken Places CDC, Wayne County
  • River City CDC, Pasquotank County
  • Robeson County CDC, Scotland County
  • Rocky Mount/Edgecombe CDC, Nash County
  • Self-Help Credit Union, Pitt County
  • Unity Builders, Inc., Guilford County
  • Wilson Comm. Improv. Assoc., Wilson County
  • Yadkin Valley Economic Development, Yadkin County

2009

  • Blue Springs Hoke County CDC, Hoke County
  • Brick Capital CDC, Lee County
  • Cleveland County CDC, Cleveland County
  • EmPOWERment, Inc, Orange County
  • Gateway CDC, Vance County
  • Goler CDC, Forsyth County
  • Henderson Weed and Seed, Vance County
  • Kingdom CDC, Cumberland County
  • Lumbee Guaranty Bank, Robeson County
  • Monroe-Union CDC, Union County
  • NCACDC, Wake County
  • NCIMED, Durham County
  • Passage Home, Inc, Wake County
  • Philippi COC CDC, Pitt County
  • QUOLA, Hertford County
  • White Oak Foundation, Wake County

2008

  • Cleveland CDC, Cleveland County
  • Empowerment, Inc., Orange County
  • Gateway CDC, Vance County
  • Lumbee Guaranty Bank, Robeson County
  • NC Indian Dev. Initiative, Robeson County
  • Passage Home, Wake County
  • Philippi COC CDC, Pitt County
  • QUOLA, Hertford County
  • Rocky Mount OIC, Nash County
  • Warren Family Institute, Halifax County
  • White Oak CDC, Johnston County

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