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Homeless Bagged Meals Program

On the 1st Friday of each month, students make sandwiches, pack them with snacks and a drink, then distribute to the homeless at two sites in Arlington.
Contact: Ms. Benites

Club Cafe

Students mentor their peers in building social skills.
Contact: Ms. Benites, Ms. Kohlberg, or Ms. Brendley

VEST:  Volunteer Emergency Support Team

Students meet after school each month, in partnership with Arlington County VEST and Teen Network Board, to learn how to be prepared in an emergency and share this information with their peers.
Contact:  Ms. Benites

Model General Assembly

Students prepare for the statewide MGA by meeting every other Monday after school to discuss Virginia laws and propose changes.  In the spring, the group travels to Richmond to participate in the Model General Assembly program.
Contact: Ms. Benites

YHS Student Government Annual Holiday Toy Drive

The SGA coordinates this annual toy drive through third period classes. Toys are donated to children in need throughout Arlington.
Contact: Ms. Meadows

YHS LIONS (Leadership In Our NeighborhoodS)

YHS LIONS is the student group that plans school-wide service and leadership activities out of the Center for Leadership and Public Service. In the spring, 9th and 10th grade students are nominated by teachers, complete an application, and are selected by a staff committee to serve for the following year.
Contact: Ms. Benites

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Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) (January – May)

YEA! takes students through the entire process of launching a business, including pitching to a panel of investors for funding and registering their business with Arlington County.

Leadership Arlington (summer)

The Leadership Arlington Youth Program is designed to enhance leadership skills and awareness of the need for philanthropy, community service and civic participation in rising high school juniors and seniors. For two weeks, the youth program meets at different public, private and nonprofit locations throughout Arlington County. Participants have the opportunity to be exposed to diverse organizations and meet with local leaders during this hands-on, experiential program.

Arlington Teen Network Board

The Teen Network Board (TNB) is comprised of high school students who meet in groups to address specific issues such as drugs and alcohol, health and wellness, teen employment, and volunteer/community service options for teens. They develop strategies on how to make changes in their community and implement the strategies through meetings, planning sessions, and presentations to the County Board and middle school youth.

Operation Understanding DC

Operation Understanding DC’s mission is to build a generation of African American and Jewish community leaders who promote respect, understanding and cooperation while working to eradicate racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination.  Our students are dedicated to stamping out racism and anti-Semitism wherever they encounter it. They build bridges between the Black and Jewish communities. But, they do not stop there. They use their skills, vision and passion to bring together people of all different ethnicities, races, religions, socio-economic backgrounds and sexual orientations.

Washington Journalism and Media Conference (Summer)

George Mason University, along with the Newseum, is the host of the Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC) and each summer welcomes high school student leaders from all over the country as National Youth Correspondents. With its distinguished list of faculty, guest speakers, and direct access to the political scene of D.C., the Washington Journalism and Media conference is the place to be for aspiring journalists and student leaders.

Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (Summer)

George Mason University along with partners, National Geographic and the National Zoo,  welcome the nation’s leading youth scholars to Washington, D.C.  The Washington Youth Summit on the Environment offers aspiring environmentalists and student leaders an unparalleled experience.  The Summit will encourage and inspire young leaders from across the country who desire a unique experience focused on successful careers in this dynamic industry.

Youth Leadership Greater Washington

Youth Leadership Greater Washington provides a six-month, interactive youth leadership development and community education program for high school sophomores and juniors in the Greater Washington region. Each year Leadership Greater Washington selects proven or aspiring youth leaders from diverse backgrounds and provides them with the opportunity to learn from some of the area’s most important decision makers to study various topics such as diversity, the arts, health, public service and community service.

The PricewaterhouseCoopers Accounting Careers Leadership Institute (Summer)

The PricewaterhouseCoopers Accounting Careers Leadership Institute, is a week-long, hands-on opportunity for Latino/a and African American high school juniors to learn more about the accounting profession and about the key role accountants play in society. Participants take part in leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving exercises.