TCP Youth Empowerment serves middle and high school youth through after-school & summer programs where students learn, develop and enhance their leadership skills and capabilities and 21st century workforce skills through a project-based, service-learning program.
The TCP Approach
We believe that in order for students to reach their full potential they first need to be equipped with interpersonal, or what we like to call self-mastery skills. We believe that as an individual we must fully know and understand who we are, what skills we possess and the areas where we can improve. To ensure our students successful development in their social and emotional skills we have developed a unique leadership curriculum tailored around the Collaborative for Education, Social & Emotional Learning (CASEL) framework and a professional development program in partnership with Skyline Technology Solutions.
While students work to develop in these areas, we engage them in a small group, student-led project where they learn valuable 21st century workforce skills, on top of taking field trips to local business to engage with employees and learn about future job opportunities.
Our Leadership Philosophy
Our fundamental belief is that all people are born to lead and in order to lead others one must effectively lead themself. TCP Youth Empowerment emphasizes the individual students development of self-agency through developing their social, emotional and cognitive competencies. Students leave our program with the knowledge, awareness and support to build a strong foundation they can lead from by developing and enhancing their skills in the following areas:
21st century skills - critical thinking & problem solving, creativity, collaboration and communication
Social & Emotional Competencies - self-awareness, self-control, social-awareness and relationship skills
Cognitive Competencies - self-management, effective decision making, growth mindset, goal setting & achievement
Life Skills - financial literacy, mindfulness, personal accountability and grit, among others
TCP Students visiting Anne Arundel Community College - Entrepreneurial Studies tour - where they practiced presenting their business plans
TCP Students presenting virtual business plan presentations in front of a panel of 5 business professional judges (Dec. 2020)
Data We Collect
Students' confidence level pre-program
Post program survey
# of students that repeat the program
Students gain more confidence in public speaking
Students build self-esteem
Students feel more comfortable working in a team