Summer Leadership Program 2020 Recap

What is the Program?

The Summer Leadership Program (SLP) cultivates students’ leadership skills by supporting them in developing a passion project with the intention of positively impacting their communities. Students join either as cohort participants (who will develop their own projects) or Project Mentors (who will guide and mentor participants in developing their passion projects). 

Main Topics

  • – Community Involvement 
  • – Research and Collecting Data
  • – Planning, Accountability, and Evaluation
  • – Presentation, Reflection, Next Steps


Program Goals

Strengthen students’ leadership skills in community building, research and data collection, planning and evaluation, and public speaking. Through various skill sessions and events, the program grows students’ confidence as leaders in their community and beyond!

Summer Leadership Program 2020 Recap

Entering its second year, the Summer Leadership Program was certainly not deterred by an entirely virtual format! Launched in the summer of 2019, the Summer Leadership Program aims to cultivate students’ leadership skills by supporting them in developing their passion project with the intention of positively impacting their communities. 

This year’s cohort consisted of 9 Cohort Participants, from our SOAR and Rising Star programs, and 3 student Project Mentors. Over the course of 12 weeks, Cohort Participants participated in interactive skill sessions, meetings with their mentors, and Career Insight Days to help them develop diverse and creative projects aimed at addressing issues within their communities. 

In addition to skill sessions and check-ins, we were thrilled to bring back our fantastic volunteers from Google on July 10th for our second-ever Development Day! Coming from a wide range of career paths, volunteers offered our students a crash course on project development and one-on-one brainstorming sessions. 

Lastly, this year’s cohort had the pleasure of welcoming back two SLP participants from the inaugural cohort: Vera and Ivan! Serving a Project Mentor and guest speaker, respectively, Vera and Ivan truly demonstrated the values of paying it forward. 



With projects ranging from support for Latinx immigrants in the North Bay, career development curriculum in elementary schools, to a virtual body positivity resource hub, our students are set to make great changes as leaders in their communities!