The Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center Youth Leadership Program aims to develop the next generation of leaders through intensive and innovative programs. These programs include the Ambassadors for Healthy Living and Teen Leadership, Community of Practice.

In these programs, youth leaders are involved in projects such as assisting with the Youth Educational Support (YES) After School Program, building and maintaining a Garden, and developing community outreach program. They gather to share experiences and participate in forums designed to hone their leadership skills, such as:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Financial literacy
  • Servant leadership principles
  • Ethics and personal values

Southern University Agricultural and Research Extension Center (SUAREC) has adopted the nationally known Youth Engaged in Leadership and Learning (Y.E.L.L.) Curriculum.

The leadership programs are open to all teens between the ages of 13 to 19. Students are required to meet at least once a month and agree to be in attendance and volunteer at programs and functions sponsored by the Ag Center.

Ambassadors for Healthy Living

The Ambassadors for Healthy Living Program is a leadership component sponsored by 4-H and Wal-Mart. While all of our programs address some aspect of healthy living, Ambassadors for Healthy Living takes a more in-depth approach. The goals of Ambassadors for Healthy Living Program are to ensure that all youth who participate in the program: 1) have an understanding and acquire knowledge of the phrase, "healthy living,” 2) have an understanding and acquire knowledge of the importance of healthy living, 3) implement strategies to develop and maintain a healthy eating and physical lifestyle, and 4) become ambassadors of healthy living in order to encourage family and friends to develop and maintain a healthy eating and physical lifestyle.

Teen Leadership Community of Practice CoP

The Teen Leadership Community of Practice (CoP) is a leadership program which is a national collaboration, led by the 1890 Land Grant Universities. The goal of the program is to provide a delivery platform for disseminating relevant, scholarly information to improve teen’s leadership competencies and skills that will focus on improving self-esteem, promoting wellness, enhancing cultural awareness, improving leadership and life skills, and developing teamwork, social skills and civic engagement.



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