PRIDE offers several Youth Leadership opportunities and programs for our local youth. These programs build skills in youth leaders to promote healthy lifestyles and spread positive messages, in order to encourage younger children and their peers to stay substance free.
To me, as a parent, PRIDE means safety, courage, and support. The youth have the courage to be themselves, use their voice and provide safe environments for the younger generations. The amazing role models they look up to, including members of the police department, help guide and show them what it means to be positive members of their communities.
Youth Council brings together different people in the community in a vibrant and safe space. We PRIDE ourselves on being extremely non-judgmental, respectful, and responsible individuals who make up Youth Council. Drawing upon our diverse backgrounds, and with the help of other members in the community, we approach various topics to come up with different ideas and solutions. We make an impact on every person who participates through the creation of unforgettable memories and unbreakable bonds.
Youth Council has been a constant positive in my life this year and I look forward to every meeting and event; I’ve never left one without a smile on my face.
The Youth Leadership Academy gave me so many opportunities and wonderful experiences. I look forward to seeing others follow in my footsteps.
The Windham PRIDE Youth Council brings together teens from different schools and communities. We joined not knowing anyone and, here, found life-long friends.
Being part of Windham PRIDE has given my son greater understanding of how important it is to teach kids about the dangers of drugs and I feel that it has developed his own commitment to being drug free.
Since becoming a member of the Windham PRIDE Coalition, I have gotten to meet and work with some of the youth leaders of our community at the radio station and they are great! Windham Pride works hard for Windham and surrounding towns on issues that affect not only the youth but the entire community, no matter what age.
Youth Leadership Academy and Junior Youth Leadership Academy
- A collaboration with the Willimantic Police Department
- Week-long programs for youth entering 9th-12th grades and 7th and 8th grades, located at the Town Hall, during the summer months
- Provides leadership training, life skills, personal development, team building challenges, public service opportunities, and interaction with community leaders and motivational speakers
- Concludes with Family Celebration events, in partnership with local businesses.
Youth to Youth International Summer Training Conference Scholarships
- Available to selected graduates of the Youth Leadership Academy
- Four day leadership training for youth at Bryant University
- The selected youth then become counselors for the Junior Youth Leadership Academy
- Meet a minimum of twice a month to discuss topics on substance use and prevention
- Produces radio ads and plans activities for their peers and younger youth
- Participates in community events, including Third Thursdays Street Festivals and Trick or Treat on Main Street
ICP Healing Community Church BYEG Youth Ministry
- Local youth group from the faith based community, focusing on building community leaders
CADCA’s National Youth Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.
- Youth from both the Youth Council and the ICP Healing Community Church Youth Ministry attended in 2018
- Participants met other youth from around the country, participated in prevention and leadership workshops, toured the capitol city and met with state legislators