The No Longer Bound DC youth leadership program is on a mission to create leaders and not followers. We believe that by cultivating a mindset that enables and promotes our children to be leaders that we are building the next generation of success stories.
NLBDC is an organization that provides mentorship and guidance to At-Risk youth. The lessons that we’ve been able to teach to the kids that we’ve worked with have already begun to show results in all areas of the kids’ lives. We’ve noticed a spike in maturity, responsibility, and ambition among the kids after working with them for a year.
NLBDC youth leadership and mentorship program is held every 4th Wednesday of each month at the Norristown public library.
We’ve made significant strides with the kids in teaching:
- Leading with a positive influence
- Emotional intelligence
- Active listening
- Effective communication and etiquette
- Risk factors (response vs. reaction)
- Social skills
- Healthy decision making
- Interpersonal communication
2020 Vision Board Project
We’ve been able to learn about each individual child and pair them with a mentor that has guided them to successful life decisions. One of the highlights of the year was the Vision Board session that we hosted for the kids’which allowed kids that are only used to seeing their immediate surroundings to see much more than they ever could have imagined.
We work hard to encourage them to see beyond their current environment. It was important for them to do this exercise because it opened their minds to new possibilities.
Roosevelt High School Partnership
In addition to our monthly mentorship meetings, we were able to lock in a partnership with Roosevelt High School in Norristown, PA that allowed us to be able to go into the school during school hours and speak with the kids about life and positive decision making along with their futures.
The first year of this has seen great strides so we were encouraged to launch our very own curriculum. It is called “Leadership Academy” and it is a curriculum that we designed to teach the kids about leadership.
This program was a culmination of everything we felt these kids needed to succeed in life and be more than just productive members of society but to be great leaders that effect change and impact the world on a major level.
Leadership Academy is broken up into an 8-week course that touches on such topics as Leading with positive influence, Emotional Intelligence, Active Listening, and more. These topics were carefully chosen to form a program that could take these kids to the next level.
8th Graders Become Leaders: East Norriton Middle School
We have been fortunate enough to lock in a partnership with East Norriton Middle School to teach the kids the “Leadership Academy” curriculum. We were given 8th graders to mold and to help to increase their leadership for the future. Our trained instructors have been able to influence the kids with the program and to open up their minds to what is possible with some of these skills.
No Longer Bound DC’s “Leadership Academy” curriculum is available for partnerships with any school that is interested because we believe that this curriculum has all of the tools for success for the kids in all schools!
We look forward to the growth and success of this program!