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Youth leadership in practice and alive at Siena Youth Center

Rafael Avendano

Siena Youth Center (SYC) monthly calendar activities and events are not planned by adult leaders but by youth. You heard that right youth take part in the framing of SYC activities. SYC believes in voice, choice and leadership in everything they do and hold learning forums for youth and staff to express their ideas and news to the whole group weekly. Further adding that at the end of the month all the youth hold a vote of activities of sports and enrichment activities they want to see on the daily schedule. The most popular activities the youth voted for this month of March was cooking, bike shop, art and flag football and flag tag games. Siena Youth Center staff is innovative with the way they create programs as they know the best way to guarantee youth engagement is for youth to be engaged in the decision making of the activities they take part in.