Youth Leadership Program
The PRIDE by the Beach Youth Leadership Program (YLP) is a program in collaboration with the North County LGBTQ Resource Center and Project Youth. The program seeks to develop, support, and enhance leadership skills among self-identified LGBTQ youth, ages 16-20. We strive to create a professional environment where our youth can grow and thrive while celebrating the uniqueness of our queer experiences.
How to participate.
Qualifications for program selection include:
• attendance at the annual Project Youth Leadership Summit
• a filed volunteer application, indicating areas of interest and availability
• completion of an in-person interview
Leaders are selected each year based on their qualifications, the needs of the program, and applicant’s interests. The program runs from February to November of each year. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive:
• a certificate of program completion
• a personalized letter of recommendation
• a letter detailing community service hours completed (if required by school)
YLP participants are led by and report to the PRIDE by the Beach Director. Participants are responsible for taking part in the Project Youth Committee twice during the year, as representatives of PRIDE. YLP leaders are expected to commit to a minimum of six to ten hours per month. On the day of the PRIDE event, in October, an additional commitment is expected, which may
include online work, in-person meetings, presentations, event management, and participant communication.
Program areas of focus will be tailored to the needs and interests of youth applicants, and will include several areas of leadership development skills transferrable to work experience and higher educational pursuits.