What is the YLC?
The Youth Leadership Council (YLC) is a program for returning youth who have made an additional commitment to become stewards of Y-WE culture, to contribute their ideas on the direction of the organization and to cultivate their skills as leaders within Lead and in the greater community.
YLC curriculum explores
Self awareness, self confidence, finding your purpose, varying definitions of leadership, how to work independently and as a part of a team, assessing and cultivating sphere of influence, workshop design and delivery, financial planning, non profit board roles and responsibilities, working with budgets, and comfort with public speaking.
YLC Calendar: 2018-2019
September 7: YLC Applications Due
September 10-14: YLC Interviews
September 22-23: YLC Opening Weekend Retreat
October 6-7: Creative Facilitation Training Workshop
October 24: YLC Meeting
October 27: Lead Kick off day
November 7: YLC Meeting
November 9-11: Lead Retreat
December 5: YLC Meeting
January 9: YLC Meeting
January 23: YLC Meeting
January 26: Stem Day
February 6: YLC Meeting
February 20: YLC Meeting
March 2: IGNITE
March 6: YLC Meeting
March 20: YLC Meeting
March 23: Health Day
April 3: YLC Meeting
April 17: YLC Meeting
April 27: Career Day
May 8: YLC Meeting
May 22: YLC Meeting
May 25: Youth Leadership Summit
June 1: Graduation
June 5: YLC Final Meeting
YLC News & Updates
The YLC members have kept busy during the 2017-18 school year! We’re thrilled to highlight a few exciting updates:
MLK Day Poem:
Instead of taking a day off on MLK Day 2018, Y-WE decided to join the annual MLK Day Rally and March hosted by Garfield High School and the City of Seattle. This year’s theme was “Take a Knee for Justice.” YLC members Nasra Ali and Namaka Auwae-Dekker wrote and performed a politically charged slam poem in front of an audience of thousands at the rally at Westlake Center.
YLC Health Day Workshops:
During Y-WE’s annual Health Day, five members of the YLC and one adult mentor designed and facilitated workshops to promote discussion about health in their community. They each chose topics they cared about. Each workshop had about 20 participants in attendance:
• Namaka and Anna C.: Disability Justice
• Zaria and Nasra: Hip Hop and Mental Illness
• Sophie and Sonja: Healthy Cooking
Let’s Talk Race Series:
Organized by Nafasi Ferrell (Y-WE Mentor) and featuring Y-WE’s Youth Leadership Council, this powerful event series challenges institutional racism by connecting community organizations and individuals through film, dialogue, storytelling and restorative justice.
Here’s a recap of the first event (“Migration and the World”) from YLC member Zoya:
Radical truth and engaging facilitation came together at Race and Migration workshop, part of the Let’s Talk Race series sponsored by the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association. The workshop was led by two participants from Young Women Empowered’s Youth Leadership Council, Ha’aheo Auwae-Dekker and Rosario Lopez, and Christina Antonakas Wallace, a local filmmaker, who is currently working on a documentary about immigration. There were 50 people in attendance, representing a wide range of gender, age, and ethnicity. The workshop invited participants to share their personal experiences with migration through a variety of activities, including an interactive timeline highlighting the racist legislation against immigrants throughout history in the US. The purpose of Let’s Talk Race is to create community through dialogue about race and the ways it impacts our lives through a variety of lenses such as religion, migration patterns, education, economics. And that’s exactly what happened at the Race and Migration workshop.
Learn more and view the full calendar here. Check out this video from the event:
Check out the recap video of our first event of the 2018 Let's Talk Race Series: Migration and the World!
Posted by DNDA's Let's Talk Race Series 2018 on Friday, January 19, 2018
easy at all especially because of my dream going to the university and having my career dream, but
with parents who had immigrated to a country where they want a better feature for us. A year ago Y-
WE helped me get very empowered and helped me get my voice heard: my family had to move before the end of the first semester and the school told me and my sister that we wouldn’t get any credit, but with the help of mentors from Y-WE we were able to fight back, get our credit and make sure that my sister and me are able to graduate high school on time. I want to join YLC because I want to be a bigger part of the Y-WE Family and help other young girls in the community, I’m want to be able to help them make sure that it doesn’t matter how old you are that they can make a difference!!
are healthy and supported. She is continually working to better herself and learn from those around
her how to love everything around her.
many other young women can be themselves without judgment.
when I feel more empowered is when I speak up & make it be heard by others, dancing, speaking
my language. This is my first year in YLC. I love Y-WE
and everyone makes you feel welcome by who you are and don’t judge you that’s why I love Y-WE. Also I choose to be involved because I felt that had to make myself more confident on my
leadership. My goal this year is to be more self confident and to do running start and enter Highline
my time at Y-WE, I feel my thoughts toward community building and self care and have grown, and I
feel that Y-WE is a very special place that anyone is welcome!
and strong community.
and be around a supportive group who accepts me.