All across America the movement to mobilize, encourage, and inspire young leaders has taken the country by storm. The Center for Civic Engagement has joined this progressive force, in conjunction with Young People For, to bring a new wave of energy to El Paso through the CYnergy Fellowship.
We envision a new generation of civic minded individuals, taking leadership roles in society, while addressing problems with effective solutions.
To empower leaders of tomorrow through awareness, service-learning, and civic action, in order to create a synergy of social change.
Goals and Objectives
- Bring to light issues affecting our community
- Encourage youth engagement and action
- Mobilize social change
Offered to incoming high school seniors demonstrating abilities in:
Training takes place at the University of Texas at El Paso during the Summer where admitted fellows are provided with room and board at the Miner Village Residence Halls.
- Social consciousness
- Organizational skills
- Progressive Leadership
- Academic achievement
- Ability to work with others
- Analytical reasoning.
The fellowship emphasizes the importance of civic awareness and action within the young adult population. For the purpose of a comprehensive program, the fellowship training is structured in a cohesive four-phased configuration.
Power This phase focuses on empowering students in the realization of the strength and power they posses to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. Through intensive leadership training, challenging Ropes Courses, and motivational speakers, students learn about themselves, their assets and their potential; this is the fundamental base for the subsequent phases.
Awareness During this phase, students undergo awareness exercises and activities, such as engaged dialogue with community leaders, to bring light to issues affecting our community. Such issues include, but not limited to, the border and colonias, low voter turn outs, empowerment zones and the environment. Students are instilled with social responsibility and civic awareness in order to ignite a desire for necessary and potential action.
Tools The tools and skills attained in this phase are those necessary for civic action. In addition to organizational and communication skills, students are trained in strategic planning, developing media plans, project marketing, presentation development, public speaking and asset development.
After the week-long program, students return to their high schools at the start of their senior year. Throughout the year, students meet with their designated school adviser to begin the development and implementation of their designed CYnergy project. Projects are completed by the end of March and an awards banquet is held in April where students present their completed projects.