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What is a StreetLeader!
StreetLeaders are the heart of our mission and the soul of UPT!
UPT StreetLeaders are Trenton-area high school students, many of whom have come through the UPT AfterSchool Program and SummerCamp programs and are now employed by UPT. For many, this is their first employment opportunity, but more importantly, being StreetLeaders keeps teens academically and civically engaged during the at-risk hours of 3-6. StreetLeader responsibilities include participation in the development and implementation of the program curriculum for 1st – 8th-grade students; they serve as role models and counselors for these younger students as well. StreetLeaders receive job training for their work with UPT, academic enrichment opportunities and tutoring; they also participate in leadership development workshops as well as training from Trenton-area organizations such as The Links, Incorporated, Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (T.A.S.K.), and Womanspace.
The heavy emphasis on academics distinguishes UPT from other Trenton-area organizations and programs. Throughout the year, UPT tracks progress reports, report card grades, and student reading levels. Additionally, mandatory summer reading for all StreetLeaders fills a significant learning gap. Finally, our StreetLeaders would not be successful without support from the community, specifically parents. With parent meetings and community events, UPT has the opportunity to provide updates on academics, celebrate college acceptances, and receive feedback from parents and community members on how they perceive the value of the programs offered by UPT.
At UrbanPromise Trenton, teens are employed as StreetLeaders, acting as camp counselors, tutors, and mentors for the children who attend our AfterSchool Drop-In Program and SummerCamp. For many, this is their first employment opportunity, but more importantly, being StreetLeaders keeps these teens off the streets and away from the lure of gangs and Trenton’s crime scene. In addition to job training, they participate in academic enrichment, tutoring, leadership workshops, and college preparation.
We believe that an educated child becomes an empowered adult. That is why our goal is to see each and every teen in our program graduate from high school. We have achieved that goal each year since our program started, and many of our teens are now enrolled in college. The graduation rate speaks for itself, and the StreetLeaders report improved confidence, self-esteem, and hope for a brighter future.
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