Booker T. Washington – W.E.B. Dubois Youth Summer Leadership Initiative
The Booker T. Washington- W.E.B. DuBois Youth Leadership Initiative is an education and mentorship initiative in which teens partner with young adults to create positive long term changes in their mental health and psycho-spiritual consciousness by applying principles of higher education, community development, and social uplift. The workshop series examines how the social, economic, and political philosophies of two of the great minds in history, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois, remain relevant to all United States citizens and especially those of color, in the 21st century. The lesson plans focus on such aspects as economic independence and entrepreneurship, educational empowerment, and proper participation in the political process.
To ensure the acquisition and utilization of these necessary life skills, we provide tutoring, counseling and college preparation. The Booker T. Washington-W.E.B. DuBois Youth Leadership Initiative facilitates its course instruction through lectures and discussions as well as a wide array of multi-media programs including but not limited to documentaries, music, and internet programs. We also visit museums, historic monuments, and participate in college tours, amongst a host of other enlightening activities.
The mission of The Booker T. Washington-W.E.B. DuBois Youth Leadership Initiative is to enhance the educational environment by supporting teachers and administrators in cultivating critical thinking and social consciousness in our scholars. The Booker T. Washington–W.E.B. DuBois Youth Leadership Initiative wills to inspire the builders of a brighter tomorrow by incorporating the ideas and philosophies of ancestral giants who paved the way of higher education, socio-cultural awareness, and economic independence through their platforms. Accordingly, this education and mentorship initiative seeks to instill practical leadership skills and develops critical thinking skills, while also preparing students to become concerned and productive citizens who contribute meaningful ideas and make significant impacts in their homes, schools, and communities.