Youth & parents

Inspiring Youth

Given the opportunity, young people can be a driving force in creating positive change in their communities, their nations, and the world. 

youth empowerment program

Be The Change

“With the right balance of challenge and support, youth are highly capable of designing solutions to the challenges they face daily. Through my Youth Empowerment Program (YEP), I encourage, train, support, mentor, challenge, and mobilize young people to “be the change” they want to see in their schools, universities, and communities. Using highly-relevant and research-based strategies, I have consistently demonstrated that our youth can and will rise to the high levels of expectations we set for them.

– Dr. Shields


Initiative to Support Families

Boy’s Read, Too! helps empower parents to help their sons become strong future readers by weaving fun activities into their everyday routines during the critical infant, toddler, and preschool years.
Encouraging Vigilance & Optimism through Leadership, Valor, & Excellence (EVOLVE) provides opportunities for youth to learn and practice leadership, advocacy, citizenship, and life skills that empower them to become competent and productive members of society.
A Globe Trekker (GT) study abroad and community service program that will immerse youth ambassadors in the lives, cultures, and communities of Haiti and the Dominican Republic while completing community service projects.
Dad’s Night Out: Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood Series of entertaining, strategy-based workshops to encourage and strengthen fathers and families.

Increasing Capacity

  • If you are seeking a unique and life-changing leadership experience for the youth you serve;
  • If you are interested in helping to equip and inspire young people to use their voices to make a positive difference in their communities;
  • If you are looking for support and resources to help youth engage in community service while nurturing their understanding of civic responsibility and advocacy;
  • If you believe that young people can do more to impact the community

Then join us in promoting a movement to transform communities through youth-led change.