Youth Civic Engagement

What is "Youth Civic Engagement"

​​These are the programs that allow youth the opportunities to develop new
competencies while fostering civic participation in work that will improve
​community life
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Youth Development  Civic Activism  Problem Solving  =  Youth Civic Engagement

Some of our Civic Engagement and Service- Learning programs include 
  • KICK
  • RELATE
  • COMMUNITY SERVICE EVENTS

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Young person building a wood frame
​​​​Latin X Ambassadors:
Latin X Ambassadors.
​​​​​​​​​​​​​Relate
RELATE is a peer-to-peer curriculum that helps to prevent sexual violence among teens through the promotion of healthy relationships. RELATE increases awareness for both males and females of what constitutes sexual harassment, produces positive changes in knowledge of sexual violence myths and warning signs of abuse, and increases awareness of the indicators of sexual harassment.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Community-Wide Service Events
Each year on designated national service holidays (9/11 Day of Remembrance, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, and Global Youth Service Day), Alternatives' staff and the young people they serve host three or more large scale service projects to address local needs in the community. Over the years, projects have included food drives, elder visits, books drives, and the planting of a youth-led community garden. Projects are open to any young person on the Peninsula who would like to 'Take a Day to Make a Difference.
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Service-Learning
Hampton's Model for civic engagement
Creativity
Civic Leadership
Empowerment
​​​​​​​​​​​​​Youth Ambassadors:
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The Youth Ambassadors Leadership Team, is comprised of City of Hampton Middle and High School Students who are interested in youth advocacy, implementing change in schools and communities and voicing concerns regarding current issues. Their purpose is to inspire youth to speak their minds, share their opinions, and become a voice to the voiceless!  Ambassadors are exposed to community and civic leaders by visiting the General Assembly, Advocating on Capitol Hill, presenting to Senators, City and State Officials, Hampton City Council and State and local conferences. 
Youth Ambassadors with Virginia Lieutenant Governor Youth Ambassador with Delegate Jeion Ward