Over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States every year; this number means that one student every 26 seconds or 7,000 students per day does not complete high school. In addition, U.S. high school drop-outs commit 75% of all crimes. Out of that population roughly 95% will return to their respective communities. Knowing this problem needs solutions, we must work to create youth leaders for today!
Understanding the importance of leadership, we have developed a three-day uniformed curriculum-based conference which offers teens the opportunity to be immersed in a dynamic, empowering learning environment, exposed to strong educational and community leaders. Darius Pettway Youth Leadership Conference (DPYLC) is a proven blue print that provides young adult males positive alternatives to gangs, violence, and dropping out of school, while developing their leadership skills and exposing them to higher educational opportunities.
By joining DPYLC, students will develop the skill of conflict resolution, self-empowerment and leadership identification. Studies have shown these skills can reduce the appeal of criminal activity and prevent a revolving door into the criminal justice system.
Students will be given a community engagement leadership project that will impact a specific issue in their community. During the last session of the conference, students will give a state of the union speech to their peers and community leaders. This speech will be videotaped. It holds them accountable and gives them something tangible to turn towards in times of difficulty while they pursue their plan of action and move forward as leaders in their respective communities.
In addition, students will receive a plethora of takeaways and be given a chance to sign up for a consistent community mentor who will put forth the right kind of love, attention and care to ensure each child is given a fair chance to live a productive life as an adult. Participants enrolled in DPYLC will become members of our nationwide youth organizational family. We Create Leaders of Today!