Summer Leadership Institute

This free summer program provides a safe and fun environment for youth (ages 11-17) to learn how to succeed as a leader in their world. Using the “REAL Essentials” curriculum and a community service project, participants learn skills such as how to resist peer pressure, effective communication, building healthy relationships, self-esteem and goal setting.  

Each day of this 5-day program provide opportunities to learn in small and large group settings and collaborate with peers about topics and issues of interest to youth. Prizes and snacks are provided during the institute. 

Please see our events page for summer 2020 scheduled programs.

Summer Leadership Institute

The REAL Essentials curriculum includes:
  • Understanding yourself and the differences in others
  • Making healthy decisions
  • Dealing with cultural and peer influences
  • Communicating effectively
  • Dealing effectively with conflict
  • Understanding friendship, dating and love
  • Avoiding high-risk behaviors
  • Understanding the benefits of and the skills to prepare for healthy marriage


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Real Stories

Testimonials from just a few of our valuable program participants, educators, and community members.

Choosing the Best Description: CTB is the primary curriculum used for healthy relationship education facilitation. Over the course of 6-9 program hours, youth learn the qualities of a healthy relationship, warning signs of an unhealthy relationship, assertiveness and communication skills, responsible social media use, and about sexual health topics such as STIs and contraception and the importance of waiting until a healthy relationship like marriage before engaging in sexual activity.…

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- Healthy Relationship Education Programs; year end summary FY2019-20

A recent Spring Leadership institute in Lakeside, AZ had some great communication lessons for 7th and 8th grade students. During our lesson about “Effective Communication Skills and Barriers to it” We hammered nails into a wooden heart.  We were talking about the impact words can have on ourselves (self-talk and what others say) and the impact it can have on others. One of the students asked… “Are we going to…

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- Making the Best of it! Nancy Mitchell

18 students at AmeriSchools Academy that were attending an Arizona Youth Partnership Summer Leadership Institute learned valuable life skills today! The students were able to learn infant and adult CPR, and learn the proper procedures for using an AED machine. Youth Educator, Dominque Cruz taught the students, aged 10-13 various first aid techniques, while stressing the importance of calling 911 first. All of the students received certification in CPR and…

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- Students learn CPR, AED procedures

The Summer Leadership Institute provided for the foster youth at GAP Ministries is an opportunity for the youth to have an activity to help pass the hot summer days, and to learn valuable relationship skills for life. On a recent day at a session, one student had arrived to one of the sessions after attending a scheduled supervised visit with her parent, at which the parent did not show up.…

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- Gap Ministries, Arizona Youth Partnership team up to provide Leadership Institute for teens Julie Glass, Arizona Youth Partnership Development Coordinator
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