Teen Leadership Corps – Making a Difference!

About Teen Leadership Corps

The Teen Leadership Corps (TLC) is designed to engage, educate, and excite youth about service and philanthropy.  The program provides an opportunity for students entering grades 9-12 to develop or improve organizational and leadership skills while working to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children. Teens are able to put those skills into practice by engaging their communities in fundraising activities, participating in hands-on volunteer projects, and by raising awareness about the need for and work of Cradles to Crayons.

Benefits of TLC Membership

More and more, colleges and employers are looking for a combination of leadership experience and a service mindset in ideal candidates.  Although a highly structured program, the Teen Leadership Corps allows individuals to exercise initiative and drive in creating their own campaigns to promote the mission of Cradles to Crayons through fundraising efforts.  Optional activities may involve hosting  product collections, forming school-based C2C Clubs, creating social media awareness resources or other ideas.  The TLC curriculum will provide a basis to help prepare teens for taking on challenges within the program and later in life.

During TLC Training and throughout the year, members will learn about and have an opportunity to use new skills in:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Public Speaking
  • Networking
  • Marketing
  • Team building
  • Goal-setting
  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Time management

The TLC curriculum also covers topics on:

  • How a non-profit organization works
  • Why there is a need for Cradles to Crayons in the greater Philadelphia region
  • Understanding the impact of individual philanthropy
  • Seeing the inter-connected relationship between giving and receiving
  • Realizing that everyone can make a difference

Requirements and Expectations

Once selected, each TLC member is required to:

  • Participate in TLC Student-Parent Orientation on Wed, June 7 @ 7:00 pm
  • Attend TLC Training: Mon-Wed, June 26, 27, 28 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm NO EXCEPTIONS.  If you are unable to commit to these training dates, please hold your application until next year’s program.++ 
  • Work 12 two-hour volunteer shifts* (a total of 24 hours) from July 2017 thru April 2018 at The Giving Factory, assisting and leading groups in hands-on volunteer projects such as sorting clothes, cleaning shoes, or filling orders for KidPacks – packages of everyday essentials for children in need.
  • Assist with setup & execution of Backpack-A-Thon – date TBD early August
  • Lead a group of volunteers at Un-Gala – date TBD Nov or Dec
  • Raise at least $500 in donations on behalf of Cradles to Crayons through creative fundraising initiatives

*Volunteer shifts occur at regularly scheduled times.  No more than four shifts may be used during summer months, with the balance expected to be filled mostly on Tuesday evenings or Saturdays during the school year.  Not every date will be available.  Efforts will be made to accommodate all schedule requests within these set hours:

  • Tuesdays from 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays from 10:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 3:00pm
  • Saturdays from 10:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm – 3:00pm

A culminating event will be held in May 2018 to recognize all of our teen leaders.

Application and Selection Process

“Leadership” is a key emphasis of the Teen Leadership Corps.  Therefore, students – not parents – are expected to initiate contact and communication throughout the application process and during their term as a TLC member.

Students entering 9th through 12th grades in the fall of 2017 are eligible to apply.

Interested teens should download the TLC Application below.  Once complete, return the application by email as directed within the document.

All applicants MUST be available to attend all three days of TLC Training on June 26, 27 & 28 from 9am – 3pm.  Parents must sign in acknowledgement and agreement that their teen will be available on these dates.

Space in this program is limited.

Accepted teens will be notified via email by May 31 and invited to participate in Student-Parent Orientation on Wed, June 7 from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm.

Questions? Contact Courtney Straka at cstraka@cradlestocrayons.org or 215-853-6231.

++ Independent Student Service Projects may be an option for teens interested in supporting Cradles to Crayons or looking for service hours, but who are unable to commit to the TLC Program or training dates. 

TLCs at Backpack-A-Thon