[act-ma] Youth Leadership Institute during school break

Marcy Goldstein-GElb marcygg at hotmail.com
Sat Feb 9 20:37:59 PST 2008

Teens looking for plans during April vacation?  Leadership Education and Action to Promote Safety (LEAPS) for Young Workers is a three-day conference for youth, April 23 - 25 in Boston, focused on workplace violence prevention and young worker safety and health.   
Organized by the Mass. Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH) in partnership with several community groups*, LEAPS offers young people:

A hands-on, action-based learning three-day EXPERIENCE 
A chance to develop leadership and teamwork skills 
An opportunity to build an action plan to take back to their community 
A stipend for implementing their ideas after the conference 
Throughout the conference, young people will work in groups, be supported by their peers and be encouraged by adult advisors to develop their ideas. The final action plans can be focused on a variety of topics: community education, media, or policy projects – all in order to prevent workplace violence and to promote young worker health and safety! 
This is a great opportunity for youth groups who incorporate service learning, community building or teamwork into their program! LEAPS is a 'team-based' conference and youth (ages 14-17) must sign up in groups of 4-6 with at least one adult advisor, over age 21. 
To apply for LEAPS both the adult leader and teen participants should fill out an application and send them together to MassCOSH by February 15, 2008. 
Questions? Go to www.masscosh.org or contact MassCOSH's Youth Coordinator, Nancy Luc at nancy.luc at masscosh.org or 617-825-7233 x13. 
*LEAPS is organized in partnership with the Community Action Agency of Somerville, the Haitian Coalition, CEDC of Southeastern MA, the Chelsea Collaborative, SEIU Local 1199, and is made possible with funding from the Mass. Department of Public Health.
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