Greater Hartford Leadership Academy provides youth with the ability to motivate others.  Youth leadership is part of the youth development process and supports the young person in developing: (a) the ability to analyze his or her own strengths and weaknesses, set personal and vocational goals, and have the self-esteem, confidence, motivation, and abilities to carry them out and (b) the ability to guide or direct others on a course of action, influence the opinions and behaviors of others, and serve as a role model (Wehmeyer, Agran, & Hughes, 1998).  


As community role models, youth gain the knowledge and skills to facilitate workshops and group activities at local schools and recreation centers to educate their peers on the dangers of underage substance abuse, violence, trauma and provided them with tools to become active positive leaders in school and their community.


Developing leadership skills promotes healthy youth development.

Youth gain:

Positive peer relationships

Effective Communication


Positive Attitude





Youth Leadership Academy Mentoring Initiative

Young-Educated-Determined to Succeed Inc. has collaborated with Hartford Communities That Care (HCTC), Blues Hills Civic Association, the Woodson Center, the Greater Hartford NAACP, and Greater Hartford Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance offers a 24 week Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) program to middle and high school aged youth to examine "The Intersection of Education, Poverty, Trauma, and Violence". 

Spring 2020 Schedule

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