Youth Leadership Development Program

A Program of the Woodbury Community Foundation, with support from the Sundance Family Foundation and the South Washington County Department of Community Education.

What Is Youth Leadership Development?

This program is a 8-week service learning, leadership development and entrepreneurial program designed to give students in grades 11 and 12 opportunities to develop critical skills necessary for increased community engagement, acquire real world skills to succeed in the business environment, and explore entrepreneurship in the 21st century.

The learning component will be paired with a 20 to 40 hour service-learning opportunity in one of three areas: nonprofit/social service; business; entrepreneurship.  Teens successfully completing the program can earn a $250 honorarium.

Areas of Focus

Throughout the program, teens will be exposed to three main themes:

Youth Social Entrepreneurship

Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) integrates practices of positive youth development with community engagement  and social entrepreneurship to enable mutual transformation of economies, neighborhoods, and individuals.

Community Engagement

Community Engagement is the process of building relationships with community organizations and working with those organizations side-by-side in any and every way imaginable, building connections and developing an interest in their mission, with the end goal of helping making the community a better place to live.

Life Skill Development

Life skills are a comprehensive set of universal skills and abilities, connecting behavior, attitudes, and knowledge, which teens can develop and retain throughout their lives. Life skills increase young people’s well-being and help them to develop into active and productive members of their communities.

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How Do I Apply?

  • All students in grades 11 and 12 are eligible to apply.
  • Our pilot program will have up to 24 participants and will begin in April 2016
  • Priority will be given to students attending Woodbury and East Ridge High Schools.
  • Students who live in Woodbury and attend other schools may apply.
  • The online application form can be found by clicking HERE or by copying and entering the following URL into any web browser:
  • Applications will be accepted until the program is full.
  • Program will be on Tuesday’s at 6:30p, beginning in April 2017.  Location will be communicated to program participants.   

Contact Us

Give us a call for more information or if you have questions about registration.

 Woodbury Community Foundation | 10040 City Walk Drive | Woodbury, MN 55129 | (651) 788-6586


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