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New Leaders Academy

In 1999, the National Youth Employment Coalition launched the New Leaders Academy, a competitive year-long professional management and training program specifically designed to equip mid-level youth service professionals with the skills and comprehension necessary to successfully manage and lead youth programs. The New Leaders Academy was designed to provide training to mid-level professional youth service staff in current information and best practices on what works in youth employment and the use of available data and successful models of youth employment and youth development. The Academy also aimed to help staff improve management skills and encourages networking with other senior professionals in the field.  

From 1999 to 2003, 154 youth professionals successfully completed the New Leaders Academy and its adaptation, the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Leaders Academy. The New Leaders Academy is currently on hiatus. For other NYEC professional development resources, visit the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities page.

Members of the Class of 2003 met in Washington, D.C. for their First Residential Training Session in February 2003.