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It’s been said that a goal without a plan is just a wish. Our strategic plan is designed to raise our youth—and the EJS Project—to reach their highest ambitions through leadership, community connections and accountability.
The EJS Project keeps youth residents of The Set engaged in City Commission meetings, with the Delray Beach Police Department, and other other local initiatives. EJS keeps youth connected to larger county-wide initiatives when youth voice and participation is needed. Youth plan and organize activities to support beautification efforts in The Set that may include clean-ups, paintings and other neighborhoos projects.
To allow students to practice leadership and civic engagement, EJS includes students on organizational planning committees, include at least two students in quarterly reports to the Community Redevelopment Agency, and continue to identify and plan community events where students can project manage and volunteer. Students will also participate in weekly Community Conversations in which they engage in meaningful dialogue around race equity, leadership, and positive impact strategies with local leaders and professionals.
Numbers for 2022-2023 School Year
Young Legislators Program
OUR STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT INNER WORKINGS OF STATE GOVERNMENT AND LEGISLATIVE PROCESSES
The Young Legislator program gives students the opportunity to learn the inner workings of state government and the legislative process. The Young Legislators members will meet on a regular basis to discuss issues important to their communities, share ideas on youth-related issues, and explore the possibilities of a career in public service. This program presents a hands-on opportunity to current and incoming high school seniors residing in the Palm Beach County area to learn about and experience the legislative process. At the end of the program, students receive an opportunity to go on an all-expenses paid out of state trip to meet with elected officials and members of the legislative process across the Country.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
- This program began as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, and what families across Palm Beach County were going through. Our youth began collecting stories through the SenseMaker app and responded to stories that touched their hearts. Palm Health Foundation established the fund during the COVID-19 pandemic to help our neighbors in need, in exactly the way they need it.
- Thanks to the Palm Health Foundation, the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program now serves primarily as a way to give back to our elders in the community through building relationships with our students. Students are paired with an elder in our Palm Beach County community and schedule monthly check-ins with their paired elder.
- Crown Cleaning Project: As part of Neighbors Helping Neighbors, we partnered up with Beach Keepers Inc to conduct monthly community clean-ups with our students!