Youth Leadership Program

21st Century Summer Youth Leadership Program

Under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) are centers which offer academic, artistic and cultural enrichment opportunities to students and their families when school is not in session through academic enrichment opportunities particularly focused on students in high-poverty and low performing schools.

For the third year, Quad County Urban League in partnership with East Aurora School District 131 – 21st  Century Grant Administrator and Communities in Schools joined together to provide East Aurora Middle School students with an amazingly focused program with a single focus: Equal Access for the students of Cowherd, Simmons and Waldo Middle Schools.

Dubbed Mission Critical, the three entities branched out to ensure the summer program grew in participating students, engaged, encouraged and expanded them.  Quickly seeing the opportunity to work with the YWCA-Aurora to provide at-risk students with opportunities for intensive exploration of science a weekly STEM program was incorporated into the summer program. YWCA-Aurora utilized the Aurora University curriculum and was led by School District teachers.

The reach for community engagement and support was met with enthusiasm and a willingness to interact, assist and provide the much needed access these students wanted and needed. Field trips were planned around three core focuses:

Diversity/CulturalEducational InstitutionsOutdoor/Leadership
Feed My Starving Children
Founded in 1987, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) is a Christian non-profit that provides nutritionally, complete meals specifically formulated for malnourished children.
Waubonsee Community College
Waubonsee Community College opens the door of knowledge, sparks imaginations, and enlightens lives through learning. Welcoming diverse abilities, goals and experiences of individuals on the threshold of discovery.
Kendall County Outdoor Education Center
The mission of the KCOEC is to provide students the opportunity for experiential learning, in an outdoor setting. Offering the opportunity for student decision-making, self-confidence development, team building, risk taking, leadership development, and personal development.
Aurora Mayors Office
Mayor Richard C. Irvin was sworn-in as the 59th Mayor of Aurora May 9, 2017. A proud veteran of the U.S. Army, Mayor Irvin was born and raised in Aurora and is a graduate of East Aurora High School.
Triton Community College
Triton College is committed to student success through institutional and academic excellence, and providing a student-centered, lifelong learning environment for our diverse community.
Valerie Gramm Performance Horses
DuSable Museum of African American History
The DuSable Museum of African American History is dedicated to the study of conservation of African American history, culture and art.
DePaul University
As a university, DePaul pursues the preservation, enrichment, and transmission of knowledge and culture across a broad scope of academic disciplines. The principal distinguishing marks of the university are its Catholic, Vincentian, and urban character.
Triple Threat Farm
The Farm: Grow. Educate. Empower. The farm grows sustainable organic food used to educate and feed families, which empowers the community to make healthier life choices.
National Museum of Mexican Art
The National Museum of Mexican Art is a museum owhich features Mexican, Latino and Chicano art and culture.
America’s particle physics and accelerator laboratory. Founded in 1967, Fermilab works to answer fundamental questions and enhance our understanding of everything we see around us.

We are forever grateful to the community leaders, teachers, volunteers and organizations that saw the need and worked tirelessly to provide not only the access to these opportunities but the thought processes behind the drive for success. The summer of 2017 was a success!