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Summer Leadership Institute

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This free summer program provides a safe and fun environment for youth (ages 11-17) to learn how to succeed as a leader in their world. Using the “REAL Essentials” and "Positive Potential 6th grade" curriculum and a community service project, participants learn skills such as how to resist peer pressure, effective communication, building healthy relationships, self-esteem and goal setting.  

Each day of this 5-day program provides opportunities to learn in small and large group settings and collaborate with peers about topics and issues of interest to youth. Prizes and snacks are provided during the institute. 

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The REAL Essentials and Positive Potential 6th grade curricula have been presented in schools and communities at a local and national level. This week-long program helps youth learn about:

  • Interpersonal communication

  • Planning and decision making

  • Self-esteem and sense of purpose

  • Positive peer influence

  • Personal power

  • Positive family communication

  • Resistance skills

  • Positive view of self & their future

  • Understanding yourself and the differences in others

  • Making healthy decisions

  • Dealing with cultural and peer influences

  • Communicating effectively

  • Dealing effectively with conflict 

  • Understanding healthy relationships such as friendship, dating, and familial

  • Avoiding high-risk behaviors


The primary goal for these programs is to provide information that will enable youth to understand that they are valuable and that attached to that value is purpose. AZYP believes that each one of the youths that participate has a significant role to play in society. By incorporating refusal skills and reinforcing positive youth development, youth can become more confident in themselves and in their ability to take on life's greatest challenges.

Our Locations:

Services are provided statewide either in person or through virtual programming throughout the state of Arizona.

If you are interested in seeing one of our programs at your location please contact us. 

Sara Sherman
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