The PHA, in partnership with Year Up, graduated 19 public housing youth ages 14-18 from its Youth Leadership Academy (YLA). Funding for this pilot program to improve educational outcomes and increase employment among public housing youth was provided by United Way of RI. The 10-week after school program utilized parts of the established Year Up curriculum – a proven model for increasing self-awareness, confidence and communication skills. Program components included: communication skills, conflict resolution, leadership & civic engagement, job readiness and mentorship.
Each YLA participant was matched with a Year Up alumni mentor who served as a positive role model and provided another layer of support. Staff from Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP) provided assistance to YLA graduates preparing and searching for summer employment. The PHA hopes to continue this wonderful program.