Teen Leadership Corps

Leadership skills are an advantage you’ll have for a lifetime. Cradles to Crayons’ Giving Corps offers inspiring programs for teens who are passionate about making a difference.

Applications are now open for the Teen Leadership Corp 2020-2021 term.

About the Teen Leadership Corps (TLC)

This selective year-long program offers high school students a unique opportunity to blend personal growth with service to others. Accepted teens serve as ambassadors for Cradles to Crayons, while developing leadership skills in the areas of community organizing and volunteer service. TLC members take part in a customized training program, taught by business executives and community leaders, including topics such as Team Building, Public Speaking, and Entrepreneurship. Students are given an “insider” experience at the Giving Factory, where they will learn how a successful non-profit organization runs and gain a better understanding of the impact Cradles to Crayons has in this region.
TLC candidates for the 2020-2021 term are expected to:
  • Attend the TLC Student-Parent Orientation on Wed, June 3 @ 7pm.
  • Participate in a 4-day training session on June 22-25NO EXCEPTIONS: If you are unable to commit to these training dates, please hold your application until next year’s session.
  • Work a minimum of 12 two-hour shifts (a total of 24 hours) from July 2020 through April 2021 at The Giving Factory, assisting and leading groups of volunteers.
  • Raise at least $500 in donations on behalf of Cradles to Crayons through creative fundraising activities.
  • Assist with set up and execution of Backpack-A-Thon in August and Un-Gala in November, dates TBD.
  • Represent Cradles to Crayons at community collection events.

We appreciate the support of TLC parents. Because this is a leadership program, we insist that the student (not the parent) initiate and maintain contact with regard to their application and their place within the program. Students should have an email address that they will check regularly. Thank you!

“Serving in the TLC was fun, and helped me build confidence in speaking to groups of adults. I’m proud of what I accomplished, but also grateful to have helped with such an important mission.”

Zoe, former Teen Leader

Ready to apply?

Download, complete and submit your TLC application no later than April 1, 2020.  
Interviews will be scheduled and conducted during Tuesday evening volunteer shifts in the Giving Factory. Students will be notified of their acceptance status on a rolling basis until the 2020-2021 cohort is full.