By Emma Juchau,
Youth Leadership Davis, a “year-long program that equips high school students to be community leaders through hands-on experience, skill building and education,” according to Julie Herdt, is currently looking for new applicants.
Hertd, the Minister of Adminstration at Davis Community Church, says students will learn abut “the root causes of homelessness. They receive intensive shelter training and certification in mental health first aid. Moral, ethical and spiritual reflection is a component of the program.”
All students in 10th through 12th grades are welcome and encouraged to apply. Applicants should be passionate about community service and personal growth, and are asked to participate actively.
Informational meetings for interested applicants will be held on Sept. 20 at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Davis Community Church. Applications and information are available on the Youth Leadership Davis website.
YLD utilizes hands-on experience and works hard to train teens to be leaders in the community. Tackling tough topics and receiving training in areas such as mental health and addiction are part of the YLD program.
Through community service action, YLD aims to help educate people about issues such as extreme poverty and homelessness within the Davis community.
“YLD seeks to transform both community and [individuals],” supervising mentor Mike Coleman said.
YLD interns undergo shelter training and are able to help operate the Davis Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter during the month of December. Interns also receive a certification for mental health first aid.