Young people are the hope of our nation and our world. The values we instill in them must be reflective of the way we would like ourselves and our society ideally to be. Our youth programs aim to instill in participants a sense of self-worth, respect for differences, and an aptitude for community service and leadership.
For any questions or inquiries about our Youth Programs please feel free to contact the Youth Coordinator Christina Rivero at 401-467-1717 x103, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project RESPECT: Summer Leadership Institute
The next Project RESPECT is scheduled June 22nd - June 27th, 2014. Applications are now being accepted. Click here to apply for Project RESPECT 2014.
Not your typical summer camp, Project RESPECT: Youth Leadership Institute is a week-long residential summer program that provides teens ages 14 to 18 with a unique opportunity to live and interact with a diverse group of students who come together to build a community based on inclusivity, respect, and understanding.
The program brings together 30-50 young people (delegates) from all over Rhode Island to explore the challenges and rewards of building community amongst people of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Young people become leaders in service to the mission of fighting bias, bigotry, and racism by promoting understanding between all races, religions and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution and education. The realities of their lives are addressed throughout the week in a safe, supportive and respectful environment in which they share their experiences, values, conflicts, challenges, hopes, and dreams.
During the week we facilitate the delegates experience of diversity and community building through discussion groups and workshops on leadership, race relations and racism, sexism and gender issues, heterosexism and gay identity, and building community in uncertain times. Delegates are provided the opportunity to share cultural pride, personal talent, and spiritual heritage.
Project RESPECT staff members are highly qualified community leaders and graduates of the program, committed to bringing the magic to new students every summer. We provide a safe and fun environment for all our students by relying on more than 20 years of experience as a leading provider of curriculum-based diversity and youth leadership training.
Participants spend the next year in service to their own communities by developing projects that promote understanding and respect among all students at their schools.
Youth Action Council (YAC)
Putting Project Respect experiences into practice is a vital part of RICJ. Following camp, youth can choose to become part of our Youth Action Council (YAC). YAC is a year-round afterschool program for leadership education, mentoring, and community service projects. As part of YAC, youth create education/service projects that address the RICJ mission of fighting prejudice by building understanding and respect in their own communities.
The group meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 4:30pm to about 7:30pm in the URI Providence Building at 80 Washington St. in downtown Providence, RI. Food is served.
Leadership in the New Century (LINC)
Leadership in the New Century, generously sponsored by Textron, is a curriculum that brings students and teachers from public and private high schools together to increase diversity awareness and to train students to lead their peers in diversity awareness.
The Emerging College Leadership Program
This program, funded by a generous four-year grant from the Hassenfeld family, is a pilot program designed to develop a national model for engaging students in building stronger and more inclusive on-campus communities.
80 Washington St.
Providence, RI 02903