Young Women’s Leadership Program of Metropolitan Diploma Plus High School

Young Women’s Leadership Program of Metropolitan Diploma Plus High School

The Young Women’s Leadership Program supports girls between the ages of 10-21 to realize their personal power and build leadership skills. Participants support each other to identify their core values, set and maintain goals, use their voice to communicate with authority, and hone their collaborative leadership skills. This program is evidence-based, fun and youth-centered. We welcome all cis-gendered, transgendered, and gender fluid girls.

The Purpose

  • Build resilience, enhanced self-compassion, sense of identity, and recognition of personal values and assets

  • Realization of social and academic goals

  • Enhanced communication, conflict resolution, and collaborative problem solving skills

  • Create a sense of connection, empathy and shared power with other young women

The Process:

  • The young women participate in 14 during or after-school sessions (longer programs are 24 sessions)

  • We focus on our YWLP five point process:

    • What does leadership mean?

    • Who am I and what are my values?

    • Who has paved the path for us young women?

    • How can we live in alignment with our values?

    • How do we practice collaborative leadership?

  • Our program includes an off-site Young Women’s Leadership Retreat including an escape room adventure.

  • The program concludes with personal presentations to the group, allowing the young women to share their learnings, goals, and personal identity as a leader.


I never ever thought about my values before. This program changed the way I think about myself!
The Young Women’s Leadership Program is like our safe space. We all talk to each other about anything. You’d never know that some of us had beef with each other outside of here.
Now I know how to break a goal down into smaller chunks. This will help me to reach my goals and help other girls to reach theirs


Youth Artists at the East Fordham Academy For the Arts stand in front of their mural, 2016

Youth Artists at the East Fordham Academy For the Arts stand in front of their mural, 2016

Want to build school culture? Let students lead the way in this exciting art program where youth design and create a public mural  while practicing social emotional strategies and art skills. Offered during or after school, youth enhance their leadership skills, practice collaborative problem solving and self-expression while having a blast and beautifying their school. 

The Purpose:

  • Enhance school culture through a student-centered mural project.

  • Increase student sense of belonging and connection to their school and peers.

  • Increase positive self-identity, Growth Mindset and recognition of personal assets

  • Develop artistic and leadership skills

  • Opportunity to showcase their identities, strengths, passions, community and personal power.

The Process:

  • Youth examine the core values, mission and culture of their school, identifying ways they are played out in the day-to-day.

  • Guided by professional artists, youth collaboratively identify a mural theme that reflects these core values and school culture.

  • Youth design and realize each step of the artistic process, creating a customized and detailed mural on the school's interior wall.

  • Youth participate in an "Unveiling" in which they share their personal journey, and the purpose and impact of the mural on themselves individually as well as their school.


"We got to participate in drawing and creating the mural. It was fun and it increased our interest in the school. We could show off what we're doing and how we're improving."

"I liked the teamwork- we agreed to what we were going to do and we all knew what we were doing."

"I didn't think I could do this, but I did. I feel like a real artist."



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Youth Power! Art for Youth Activists is an fun weekly middle school and high school program that enables youth to raise their voice, raise awareness and make a difference using art as their medium. Guided by professional teaching  artists, youth select select topics that are important to them and then create art and actions that help spread the word to and with the community. Past topics have included immigration, animal testing and body image and race. This program is offered during and after school. 

The Purpose

  • Enhanced sense of personal and collective power

  • Identification of issues participants want to stand up for

  • Deeper understanding of the stance and skills of an activist.

  • Raise awareness of, raise funds for, and/or education the public about youth-designated causes/issues

The Process

  • Youth examine the important role of art as a vehicle for social change and equity

  • Youth select an issue that is important to them and collectively decide on an audience, message, and artistic vehicle.

  • Youth design and showcase their art as a means to raise their voices and express their power and opinions