Anita Russell, Founder & Program Director
SOAR YOUTH EMPOWER PROGRAM PARTNERS WITH YOUTH ENRICHMENT SERVICES
CLIFTON STRENGTHS EXPLORER & COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH
In the summer of 2020 the SOAR Youth Empowerment Program (SOAR-YEP) partnered with Youth Enrichment Services (YES). Together they created a 7-week summer program for Summer Scholars entering high school (14-15 year olds).
The combined efforts of SOAR-YEP and YES included two specific learning streams—building team performance throughout individual strengths and conducting community-based research on the topic of Health Literacy & Social Determinants of Health.
Anita introduced the Clifton StrengthsExplorer, an assessment designed to help teens discover and apply their strengths and talents to understand the necessity of managing team performance in a project-based environment.
Anita guided the students through deconstruction of a model of Health Literacy and Structural Determinants of Health, providing a glosssary of working definitions, videos depicting lived experiences of local community residents (specifically, gentrification), and using the model as a subject of community-based research under pandemic conditions.
Under the directorship of Denise Jones, YES paints a bright future out of uncertainty for young people in inner-city and urban communities. YES helps students to create a portrait of themselves as successful, empowered, and confident leaders.
Denise provided robust and comprehensive opportunities in the domains of Sport Management and Marketing, Gaming and Technology, African American History and Social Justice, Culinary Arts, and Business and Entrepreneurship.