The goal of Fifteen is to develop emerging leaders while producing well-rounded individuals who take ownership of their future and promote social responsibility within their communities.
Core Values: Participants in the program are required to follow and uphold the following core values, which serve as a guideline for the program:
- Character: Strive to model honesty and integrity.
- Service: Be a servant leader and always treat others as you would like to be treated.
- Life-long Learning: Strive to continuously develop as an individual, taking every opportunity to acquire knowledge and experience.
- Commitment: Commit to honor and uphold these core values, respect the leadership of the program and peers, and participate in all training sessions and service projects.
What Makes Fifteen Unique?
- Relevance: Fifteen addresses issues that are important to young people, right now. Students answer the questions, “Why am I important?” “What do I have to offer?” “Where am I headed?” while addressing real-world issues like how to have a Crucial Conversation and manage Social Media responsibly.
- Rigor: Fifteen asks for a three-year commitment for students, and the bar is set high for student performance. Students must show up, physically and mentally, and are challenged to push beyond perceived limits.
- Relationships: Fifteen is relationship based. Students engage in collaborative working groups as they transition through three years with the same class. They are given tools to continue to build healthy relationships in their homes, in their schools, and in their communities.
- Research-Based: Fifteen is based in sound educational research. Tried and tested, this program was developed by educators and community leaders to provide youth with powerful resources.