Petaluma Blacks for Community Development is excited to announce the launch of our teen and tween youth leadership programs!

The Grapevine Youth Leadership Program is designed to support Black youth in Sonoma County in developing their leadership skills and help them reach their goals and aspirations for the future.  It also gives them a safe space to discuss the challenges and issues they may face as youth of color in our society and get support from peers and African American professionals, leaders and mentors.  

After much success with our pilot program that launched January 2021, our organization is looking for its next cohort and extending an invitation to two ages of students, ages 10-13 and 14-18. The program takes place over the course of 3 months with a minimum of 6 group sessions. Each session will consist of a combination of guest speakers, discussions, and  hands-on activities designed to explore leadership skills, explore different career options, and also develop confidence and self-care skills.  

Accepted applicants will be invited to join us at our kick off, in-person gathering Friday, Sept 10 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Location TBA. Our first session will be held virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, September 15 5:30-6:45 pm. The remaining sessions will also be online (with hopes to meet in-person in the future!) and are tentatively scheduled for 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10 and 11/17. Dates and times will be confirmed after students are accepted into the program.

If you know of any Black youth in the community who may be interested in participating in the PBCD Grapevine Leadership Program, please refer them to apply by Wednesday, September 1.

Feel free to share this information with people in your own community and network!