Youth Leadership Program

Provided by
Vera Court Neighborhood Center, Inc

Vera Court Neighborhood Center's Youth Leadership Program is designed to engage middle school youth in positive alternatives to high-risk behaviors. Topics covered through discussion include conflict resolution, life skills, AODA prevention, health and fitness and many others.  Interactive learning is an important part of the program and is maintained through speakers, videos and role-playing.  Weekly wellness activities include swimming, kayaking, indoor rock climbing, theatrical plays, open gyms, local sporting events and college visits.  The Leadership program has a strong service-learning component, the youth participate annually in the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Service Day, Trick-or-Treat-So-Others-Can-Eat and National Youth Service Day.  A college preparatory curriculum is also integrated into the program that introduces participants to expectations and opportunities of achieving a college degree.  

The program maintains a cooperative atmosphere in which staff and participants work together in making program decisions. Encouraging youth to act as decision makers for the program provides participants team building skills and the ability to form healthy relationships with adults. The program encourages youth to be positive assets and resources to the community and aims to incorporate Leadership skills in all aspects of programming. 

The Youth Leadership Program provides programming on Tuesdays from 5:30-8:00 pm and Fridays from 5:00-9:00pm. Participants must attend the Tuesday discussion group in order to attend the Wellness field trip on Fridays. 

During the summer months the Youth Leadership program in incorporated into our Middle School Summer Camp programming. Please see the Middle School Summer Camp description for more information.

Vera Court Neighborhood Center requires all center participants to be registered for programming before program participation is allowed. Please contact the Youth Leadership Coordinator David Presser to receive program registration forms.
The Vera Court Neighborhood Center has wheelchair access on the West side of the building. The centers public playground also has wheelchair access to all play structures. At this time the center does not have wheelchair accessible transportation.
Vera Court does not offer specific services for individuals with special needs or disabilities but does work with families on a case by case basis to see if the general services we offer work for the individual or family. Accommodations can be made on a case by case basis, please call the Youth Leadership Coordinator David Presser to discuss how the center can work with your family.
Drop-off transportation is provided home on Tuesday evenings at 8:00pm and on Friday evenings at 9:00pm. There is no pick-up transportation available.
The Vera Court Neighborhood Center has 3 Spanish/English Bi-Lingual staff available from 9:00-5:30pm each day to provide communication and translation services to families. The Children's program is taught in English but all registration materials, permission slips and general program communication is available in Spanish.