Youth Leadership Program

Selective students only. Must pass the interview.

Leadership Coach/Mentor: Ms. Shanti Balaraman

How does the program work?

  • The aspiring youth leader brainstorms and identifies two or three areas of passion/issue that he/she would like to address at school and/or in the local community
  • Youth Leader forms a team 
  • The youth leader meets with the coach/mentor once a month, and is guided through the following process:
    • Passion to Action mapping
    • Execution Plan Development
    • On Demand guidance to address specific constraints & hurdles
    • Review results and status
    • Execution tactics improvisation
    • Leadership skills improvement
    • Team work and collaboration strategies improvement
  • Outside of the meeting with the coach, the youth leader will work with his/her team on the tasks and action plan implementation.


  • Student must commit and take these tasks seriously and participate with their fullest ability and willingness
  • Must meet with the coach once a month for 12 months (in-person or online)
  • Must pay the program fees of $1200 upfront to be confirmed in the program

Our Youth Led Projects involve the local community and school, and so creates volunteering opportunities for volunteers to participate and contribute.

Empowering Youth to become Change Makers and create Positive Community Impact!



  • Students gain experience on how to identify their passion and how to act on it.
  • Students learn the importance of focused and results driven efforts
  • Students build resilience through experience 
  • Students practice problem solving, critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication
  • Students become more aware of their surroundings, and form a deeper connection with their own community
  • and.... yes, this program and experience can be listed in your resume and in college and scholarship applications.

Youth Leadership Program - Registration / Interest Form

(Proceed to payment only after interview selection)

Youth Leadership Program $1200 Fees Payment

Zelle to ""

Make checks payable to "Children's Innovation Center" and bring it in-person or mail it to P.O. Box 1855, Newark, CA - 94560

PayPal - use the button below to pay through PayPal (3% PayPal processing fees will be added.)