THE CENTER for COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP runs programs for training the next generations of communal and civic leaders in New York ranging from high school students to mid-level non-profit professionals.

We Are All New York (WAANY)

This is a 10-month professional development and networking program for nonprofit, faith, government, and community leaders from the five boroughs of NYC. The Fellowship is dedicated to advancing and empowering NYC’s diverse leaders to become change agents. Through their shared experiences and participation, fellows come to understand that by building, broadening, and strengthening ethnic, cultural, and religious ties in NYC they can work together to affect positive change in their communities and help to build a more cohesive city.

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YouthBridge-NY is a two-year leadership development program which convenes and trains young people to meet the challenges of an extremely diverse NYC. YouthBridge-NY is devoted to improving the atmosphere of respect and diversity in our City, the schools, and community organizations in which our youth leaders live and learn. These youth leaders are proactively involved in the leadership and diversity landscape of our City, and are dedicated to improving the quality of life for all.

Each year, YouthBridge-NY selects an outstanding group of 35 high school students and trains them in the core competencies of leadership and diversity. By engaging these teens in workshops, site visits, lectures, and experiential learning opportunities, YouthBridge-NY ensures that future leaders from the myriad of faith, ethnic, and racial groups that compose New York City are equipped to work collaboratively to enrich their neighborhoods and advance the City as a whole.

Throughout the first year of the program, Fellows participate in skill-building workshops and team-based learning opportunities. In the first year, Fellows meet as a whole group one evening a month for interactive skill-building workshops and team activities in which they:

  • Learn how to solve real problems together
  • Learn how to resolve conflicts in school or among peers
  • Promote diversity and eliminate discrimination and stereotyping
  • Network and meet with top NYC professionals
  • Learn how to create a social justice project from scratch
  • Volunteer for community causes such as park clean-ups and building houses
  • Make new friends from diverse backgrounds

Fellows also select and commit to 1 of 3 social action teams, meeting on a second night each month to work together in smaller groups on a long-term project.

In the second year, Fellows become Bridgers and participate in monthly advanced skill-building workshops and hands-on learning, where they are immersed in experiential learning opportunities.

As we train teens through the lens of cultural humility and social justice, they gain a new understanding of other people’s narratives and life experiences. The Fellowship is unique in how it challenges students to unlearn implicit biases and assumptions, and rather, interact with, respect, and embrace various social identities in ways they previously have not.

For more information, visit youthbridgeny.org