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





Greater Hartford Youth Leadership Academy- Raising Youth Voices 

Hartford Communities That Care (HCTC) has collaborated with Young-Educated-Determined to Succeed Inc., Blues Hills Civic Association, The YMCA of Greater Hartford, The Harford Foundation for Public Giving, Mothers United Against Violence, and Compass Youth Collaborative to form Raising youth Voices. The youth focus building on research into the root causes and local conditions related to urban gun violence – and then recommending strategies and interventions to deal with those problems.

Critically conscious youth leadership development will continue to be integral to youth policy research, data gathering and analysis, and interviews with community members, as participants learn about the origins of inequities – and strategies to overcome them.  Click Here to see youth Podcast and Blogs.

Fall 2021 Schedule

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