Crossroads Junior Leaders
Crossroads Junior Leaders provides youth with school-year enrichment programs to build confidence, strengthen social-emotional skills, learn to set goals, and give back to their communities.
The Junior Leaders program is designed as an introduction to the standards of leadership and self-awareness that participants explore in our C5 Leaders program. At Junior Leaders, we take the magic of summer camp and bring it to the school year, using traditional camp activities like sports and games and creative arts to help our young people better understand who they are, and begin to think through what they want for their future.
After attending summer camp, participants are nominated for Junior Leaders by their Village Directors for making good choices, remaining positive and helpful, and for exhibiting potential to be a young leader in their community.
Our 3rd-5th-graders are our youngest participants in school-year programming. By attending weekends throughout the school year and February vacation week, our young people are given the chance to deepen their relationships with Crossroads staff and fellow participants and are further immersed in Crossroads culture and expectations. Through social-emotional skill-building, Junior Leaders 3rd-, 4th-, and 5th-graders begin to develop a stronger sense of self and a deeper understanding of friendship, as well as a greater appreciation for the world around them and where they fit within it.
For our 6th and 7th graders, Junior Leaders prepares them for taking on active roles in their community, and building a successful future for themselves. Through continuing to work on social-emotional learning skills, and building their critical thinking and leadership understanding, our 6th and 7th graders gain a deeper awareness for the world around them and how they can be a positive impact on it. Junior Leaders works to help young people think through their sense of identity and their goals for the future. As a result, many of our Junior Leaders will be nominated for, and continue on to our C5 Leaders program in 8th grade.