H.Y.P.E. – Helping Youth Pursue Excellence

Youth Leadership St. Lucie (YLSL) is comprised of a diverse group of high school students representing a broad spectrum of schools throughout St. Lucie County.  YLSL members have a genuine interest in personal growth and a desire to be a catalyst for change in their community.

Our young leaders are prepared to take on projects and participate in activities that will support their desire to expand their skillsets as leaders, including gaining confidence in public speaking, advocacy, lobbying, and rallying.

Operating under the premise of “youth-led, adult-guided”, YLSL provides teens a forum in which to discuss and creatively address issues they have identified in the community.  As the youth develop strategies to express their views and advocate for change, they are accompanied by adult advisors and community leaders who support and guide them with their expertise.

Photo Voice

One of the amazing projects Youth Leadership St. Lucie has worked on in the past was “Photo Voice”.  Our youth used this community-based participatory action research method to address issues they identified in their communities.  Through their personal and peer lenses, the youth took photos that they felt best illustrated their concerns and wrote powerful captions to accentuate and expand upon the message captured through their photos.

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