CCC’s Leadership Development Program (LDP) engages a select group of Jewish teens in grades 8–12 in meaningful and direct community service. We teach critical leadership skills and provide hands-on volunteer opportunities at CCC’s community-outreach programs. CCC is committed to being an inclusive organization that represents diverse Jewish teens across Atlanta. With the help of these teen leaders, CCC supports thousands of children and families in our community each year.
Our LDP curriculum is designed to help Jewish teens discover their own answers and ideas about a series of essential questions that lead to a true understanding of leadership. As teens proceed through an up to four-year-long experiential curriculum, these questions build upon each other to instill a thoughtful and layered understanding of their own identity as future community leaders and Jewish young adults.
Here is a sampling of the topics we tackle:
Teens learn how and why philanthropists support the community and nonprofits. They learn to make the distinction between philanthropy, advocacy, and Tikkun Olam, or repairing the world. Teens reflect on what values are important to them as they begin to grow into the philanthropists they want to be.
Teens learn about the systemic cycles of homelessness and poverty to develop a better understanding of our community and the children and families we serve. They also begin to think critically about their own privilege and learn about the concept of intersectionality as it relates to being Jewish.
Teens develop and deepen a mindful approach to service and learn about the concept of empathy as it relates to Judaism and our larger community. Additionally, CCC offers a special training for teens to learn how to support children with special needs at our programs.
Teens learn about nonprofit development work and practice various fundraising skills including, using personal anecdotes, improving their public speaking, cultivating a prospect list, and developing the “art of the pitch” through CCC’s annual phonathon fundraiser.
Teens deepen their understanding of leadership within a Jewish context and reflect on the type of leader they want to be in the community. Teens have the opportunity to develop leadership skills through peer-to-peer interactions and reflect on how their Jewish identity influences their decisions as future leaders.
Teens learn how nonprofits build relationships in the community and work with partners to provide resources to those most in need. They learn about the components of program planning and the importance of adhering to an organization’s mission, so that the needs of both beneficiaries and stakeholders remain at the forefront.
Learn more about the impact LDP is having on our teens and hear firsthand how their CCC experiences are preparing them for life after high school.
We know the impact of CCC runs deep when our alumni check in with CCC to see if they can volunteer when they’re back in Atlanta. Click here to learn more about our alumni program.
“I love CCC because it is very rewarding to have the opportunity to give back to my community in a positive way and help less fortunate communities in Atlanta overcome hardship.”
“LDP has taught me skills to take with me for the rest of my life, like how to be an effective leader and how to address the needs of the community.”
“My son came home and said he just loves CCC. This is huge coming from him, as he always complains about the volunteer efforts I ‘drag’ him to. There is something special about CCC!”