June 18, 2013 – Two dozen high school students will work for community economic development organizations around the state this summer thanks to the N.C. Community Development Initiative’s 2013 Summer Youth Leadership Program.
The program kicked off its sixth year June 18-19 with a two-day orientation in Raleigh for the 24 youth leaders from 17 N.C. counties who were selected to participate.
“This is a highly competitive program, and we’ve selected a group of young people who are ready to learn and make a difference in the world,” said Initiative program associate Kimberly Askew, who directs the youth program. “The program provides them with knowledge and experience that will help them be successful in their future careers and leadership opportunities.”
The intensive eight-week program places high school students in internships with high-performing organizations in their communities to complete a project in community economic development and learn workplace and leadership skills.
Interns come together four times during the eight weeks for Initiative-hosted seminars and workshops on communication and service leadership topics. These seminars provide them with opportunities to meet and learn from each other, as well as from successful community leaders and entrepreneurs.
The youth program is part of the Initiative’s long-term strategy to develop state leaders who understand the unique needs of low-income communities and can help strengthen their economies.
The 2013 Summer Youth Leadership Program participants are listed below with their home counties and placements:
Antonio Powell, Generations Community Credit Union
Brittany Edgerton, HandMade in America
David Santos, Prosperity Unlimited Inc.
Jamonty Hyder, Northeastern Community Development Corp.
Ezekiel Grant, Cleveland County Community Development Corp.
Autumn Fields, Columbus County DREAM Center Inc.
Ja’Quez Taylor, Lexington Housing Community Development Corp.
James McKinnon, EmPOWERment Inc.
Montrel McNatt, N.C. Institute of Minority Economic Development
Jerrick Richmond, Generations Community Credit Union
Kirsten Smith, N.C. Institute of Minority Economic Development
Tevin Davis, Goler Community Development Corp.
Kyla Chavis, Lumbee Guaranty Bank
Mikala Lowry, Robeson County Community Development Corp.
Taylor Ussery, Robeson County Community Development Corp.
Aaron Parker, Prosperity Unlimited Inc.
Jacob Lambert, Rutherford County Tourism Development Authority
Courtney Cobler, Upper Yadkin Valley Habitat for Humanity
Aide Nonato, Generations Community Credit Union
Samantha Alexander, Monroe-Union County Community Development Corp.
Kayla Dunston, Millionaires in Training
Tess McDaniel, Passage Home Inc.
DeQuandrá Rankins, Passage Home Inc.
Andra Core, Rebuilding Broken Places Community Development Corp.
For more information on the Summer Youth Leadership Program, visit http://ncinitiative.org/leadership-development/youth or contact Askew at (919) 835-6072, firstname.lastname@example.org. View photos from the orientation session at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ncinitiative/sets/72157634751575666/.
The N.C. Community Development Initiative leads North Carolina’s collaborative community economic development effort, driving innovation, investment and action to create prosperous, sustainable communities. For more information, visit www.ncinitiative.org.