Youth Center curriculum teaches skills for real-world issues

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Young adults learned how to handle real-world challenges for life beyond high school at this year’s Leadership Academy held recently at the Los Alamitos Youth Center.

Exclusive workshops refined each year include the hottest topics recommended by teens embarking on greater independence from the adults they’ll encounter beyond high school. “What an excellent program The Youth Center offers our young adults. This was my first year working with students as one of the Leadership Academy instructors. I loved sharing networking and entrepreneurship skills, providing tools they can use in life, and sharing my professional experience,” said RCSD CEO Joe Mendoza.

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The 5-day program included workshops on basic financial skills, self-help living, car maintenance and insurance, goal setting and leadership skills, cooking skills and housekeeping, business basics, organizational skills, mindfulness, healthy living, resume building, interview techniques, and more.

The 5-day program included workshops on basic financial skills, self-help living, car maintenance and insurance, goal setting and leadership skills, cooking skills and housekeeping, business basics, organizational skills, mindfulness, healthy living, resume building, interview skills, and more. Orange County Youth Employment Services (YES) presented employability information to graduates, and they were able to register for their services. The Rossmoor Community Service District has partnered with the Youth Center this year to serve even more local young people during the summer.

“This year we had an amazing group of young people who were hungry to learn all about life,” said Youth Center Executive Director Lina Lumme. “I want to thank our speakers for sharing their wisdom with our students and helping them with all the tools they need to become successful adults. From budgeting and setting your goals to cooking and interview skills, students had the opportunity to learn important things about how to live successfully on your own. »

Each graduate took home a certificate of completion, written goals and letter of recommendation, resume, professional photo, and peer friendships. Each workshop was taught by highly trained members of the Orange County community.

“We teach kids how to be successful in life,” Lumme continued. “We teach them to fish to eat for a lifetime, giving them the skills they will need to succeed in their young adult lives. Lumme especially wanted to express his gratitude to all the politicians and representatives who were present and/or passed on certificates or letters to the graduates.

Politicians or representatives present or represented at the Leadership Academy graduation and who presented certificates or letters to graduates from their offices include:
Special thanks from all students to Assemblyman Sharon Quirk-Silva (District 65), Senator Diane Feinstein and Congresswoman Alan Lowenthal (47th Congressional District) for their recognition and certificates .

“I feel like what I learned at Leadership Academy will help me become a successful adult and reach my full potential,” shared Cassy L, one of the graduates. “I highly recommend the Academy to other young people, so that they too can prepare for life after high school and face their future with confidence.”
For more information about Leadership Academy, please visit www.TheYouthCenter.org.

Youth Center curriculum teaches skills for real-world issues



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