Young Governors

"Empowering communities by empowering youth."


       Young Governors is a youth -led program with the ultimate goal of training teenagers to become community organizers as well as leaders. 

       After being in the program for 2 years, the youth will have the opportunities to become leaders for the program. They will facilitate the meetings, handle administrative jobs, coordinate events, run media campaign and more.

In other words, this unique program model creates a cycle of leadership that offers opportunities for further growth. 

       The program was created by Delia Kim and meets at New Life Community Development Corporation (NLCDC) in Elmhurst, Queens. The program started in Spring 2011.  

"Empowering communities by empowering youth." 

       The goal of the program is to identify and train youth leaders in the community and support the work of these youth to make positive changes in their community. Young Governors goes beyond youth development practices with collective empowerment techniques of youth organizing, striving for systemic change.

       The mission: "Equipping youth with the tools they need to create positive change with their peers, families, community, and the world."

       Through this program model, youth will be seen as the vehicles for change in the community, instead of the problem, as is often the case in today’s society. They will be empowered to be the advocates, organizers, and educators among their peers through workshops, projects, and service.