Department of Leadership Development
VIC PREPARATORY ACADEMY
Mt. Calvary is launching a Vocational, Industrial, and College (VIC) Preparatory Academy in the Spring of 2021. This academy will focus on low-income, marginalized, and minority youth with career exploration, industrial trades and college preparatory skills. Health science will be embedded in the curriculum with a major focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion for underserved, minority populations. VIC will serve both a middle school and high school cohorts. VIC will also focus on helping youth better understand their self-worth, interests, and abilities to aid in personal and professional development through the incorporation of technology. Students will learn about various career opportunities and sustainable professions within the region through mentorship opportunities since Mt. Calvary believes positive role models can successfully help high poverty, at risk students be successful. With that in mind, a major emphasis will be placed on recruiting students from low income communities.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD (OLP) YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The goal of the At-Risk Youth Leadership Development Program is to help referred participants improve their interpersonal and professional skills and reduce the rate of school dropouts and recidivism. Key components of the program focus on (1) self-assessment and goal setting; (2) career readiness and entrepreneurship; (3) community engagement; (4) leadership and management fundamentals; (5) resume creation; and (6) employability skills and internship opportunities. Program instructors and facilitators include psychologists, college instructors, faith-based leaders, and business entrepreneurs.
The Adult-Community Citizens Leadership Program works to expand and develop emerging leaders to support our local community. Participants receive instruction from highly certified facilitators who come from throughout North Carolina and bring strong experience to the classes that they lead. Program topics include areas such as: leadership and communication, team building and cohesiveness, goal-setting and accountability, personal growth objectives and innovation, and many other emerging topics critical for 21st-century leaders. All participants complete a capstone paper that highlights a project or initiative that they would like to see developed to pro-actively impact their community or workplace.