BENEFITING: Leaders Of The 21st Century
EVENT DATE: May 05, 2017
My name is Dan M. De Nose, Founder and Executive Director of Leaders of the 21st Century! Below, you will find a brief description of the organization, but before you read it...I would like to share with you my "WHY?"
As a young kid growing up in Newark, NJ, I consistently got into trouble. My grades were D’s and F’s, I was suspended all the time, and I was a kid who would get into fist fights. I was considered an "at risk" student and many of my teachers couldn't get through to me to do well in school. I was on the path of failure; however, I was given access to opportunities that changed the course of my direction.
From that moment of access, I did an 180 and accomplished what many thought was impossible for a kid like me. I graduated from college, traveled around the world on educational fellowships, graduated with a Master’s in Public Administration with a 3.85, and was inducted in the national honor society as Magna Cum Laude.
During my years in graduate school, I researched effective leadership programs throughout the country and used some of their best practices to develop this organization.
I believe with the right access our youth can change their communities, the world, become career and college ready, and accomplish their dream!
Leaders of the 21st Century is non-profit organization working to enhance college and career readiness skills in high school students in their junior and senior years. Students who are accepted will have the opportunity to participate in a two year long fellowship program. Students will participate in a twelve-week long leadership workshop culminating in a one-on-one experience with a mentor in their field of interest.
According to recent studies:
78 % of youth are more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities due to mentorship
76% compare to 56% at risk young adults who had a mentor are more likely to have aspired to go to college and to be in college now.
Mentorship can play a valuable role in helping youth to explore their career options, prepare to enter the workforce, and successfully obtain a job.
The success of the program will be based on student internship placements, the number of mentor matches, as well as increases in youth volunteer service work within Newark. Student outcomes will be measured through an increase of leadership community service. In addition, student knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors will be measured pre- and post-participation in the two- year fellowship.
This Fall, we will begin to cultivate a new generation of civic leaders, leaders who will be ready for both professional and civic leadership. Our high school students will become decision makers, and empowered young adults for the world of work. Leaders of the 21st Century will provide them the road map to success!