”CYL has expanded my ability to contribute to my community. It stresses the importance of appreciating your talents and making the most out of what you can do every day as a young person. We are learning to give back to our community because our contribution matters.” (Emma, Cameron Climber)
From Democrat, climbers work their way along a saddle & ridge to Cameron’s Summit. This summit is flat like a football field, allowing for climbers to see in all directions. With more individual investment, our students begin to see their community anew and commit to a cause.
Milestones to the summit
1. Young Leaders regularly attend Monthly Leadership Exploration Meetings & engage in discussions with their Chapter and adult Summit Guide through our student portal.
2. Young Leaders identify a passion for one social issue.
3. Young Leaders work directly with non-profit organization & community leaders and commit to serving with one organization consistently for at least 50 hours.
4. Young Leaders will have completed at least 100 hours volunteering in their community.
***Young Leaders can start to participate in the Youth Advisory Board during this climb***
5. Young Leaders complete a Summit Project (optional).
What is a Summit Project (SP)?
We believe CYL Young Leaders are becoming the new generation of community changers. Our Summit Projects (SP) are student-designed opportunities to partner with a local non-profit and to work in cohorts of 3-8 peers and/or adults in order to make positive change in the community. We believe committing time to a Summit Project will allow our Young Leaders a chance to work as a team to develop leadership skills and more authentic understanding of self, others, & our community through volunteering. We believe Summit Projects lead to writing meaningful legacies with our lives in high school.
Cameron SP: Evaluate & Improve. This is a chance to build on your previous project or just move in a new direction based on evaluations, impact of your first project, and feedback.