Junior Staff

We see youth as assets to the community and their families. Since 1989, the Junior Staff program has put high-school-aged teens to work in Northwest Pasadena. In addition to weekly Bible studies, college and career prep, tutoring, and access to the Teen Tech Lab, our Junior Staffers work two days a week at Harambee – and get a paycheck for it. We also offer more than just a program – we are an extended family to youth who are lost and in need of an anchor. This “extended family” extends well beyond high school, as we support and affirm our former Junior Staffers through their college years.

Harambee Summer Youth Leadership Academy (HSYLA), an extension of our Junior Staff entails the following:

Harambee Summer Youth Leadership Academy. Youth are assets to the community and their families. Since 1989, the Junior Staff program at Harambee Ministries has put 15-25 high-school aged teens to work in Northwest Pasadena. In addition to weekly lectures, college and career prep tutoring, and access to the Teen Tech Lab, Junior Staffers have worked two days a week at Harambee—and received a paycheck for it. Harambee sees the Junior Staff as more than just a program; it is an extended family to youth who are lost and in need of an anchor.

This year, we are taking our existing Junior Staff program and enhancing the curriculum using a community-based teaching and learning approach to develop the participants’ leadership and employment skills. Our plan is to expand the program to include more participants this summer and renaming it the Harambee Youth Leadership Academy to reflect the leadership development focus of the program.

The following are themes for each of the six weeks of the program:

College Preparation
Health & Wellness
Financial Literacy
Art & Nature
Career Development & Exploration
History & Government

It is our goal to create a sustainable and impactful summer leadership and employment program for Northwest Pasadena/Altadena high school students with this extension of the
Jr. Staff Program. The Summer Leadership Academy program will provide participants an opportunity to enhance their futures through the development of personal leadership and employment skills. We will utilize a community-based teaching and learning approach in its implementation of the curriculum in order to broaden participants’ support and professional network, as well as introduce them to role models within the community. This program will engage youth in the community while helping lower drop-out rates, reducing crime, and encouraging participants to contribute to their family/home life and their community.

For more information please contact us at info@harambee.org or 626-798-7431