TAG Program (Teens Achieving Greatness) is an academic-based, personal development, community service, employment program. Leadership meetings are held once a week, where students are encouraged to explore new ideas and concepts. The youth also work on community projects to enhance the student’s sense of civic responsibility. Students are between 14 and 18 years of age.
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Formerly known as Do the Right Thing,
this youth employment and leadership program
has been a part of CMHA for more than 16 years.
Students participating in the program
are able to gain experience working in an
office environment, while also attending workshops
and field trips. A
Leadership Academy has recently been developed
to provide further enrichment. The
academy was modeled after successful youth
programs around the country, and will help the GS:
TAG program build:
Strong Work Ethic
Critical Thinking Skills
The official start of the program was in June of 2008 and will end
in May of 2009. The program started with a very successful one-week
residential camp experience at the Cuyahoga
Valley National Park Environmental Education
Center, made possible by a partnership formed
between CMHA and the National Park as a part of this process. The
students meet once each week and one weekend day a month.
The monthly schedule will have the following
Week 1: Wednesday afternoon
Week 2: Wednesday afternoon
and Saturday afternoon
Week 3: Wednesday afternoon
Week 4: Friday
content delivery and learning will be the focus
of the Wednesday evening sessions. Friday evenings
will be an opportunity for the youth to reflect
on and express what they have learned in the past month via various
creative expressions (poetry, vocal, dance, etc) and for them to hangout,
share dinner and have fun!
The Civic Leadership Action Projects provide an opportunity for “action
learning”. These projects are where the youth can test
and explore the concepts presented in the Leadership Competency Model.
The young people will be exposed to the issues, the locations and the
people involved in the issues presented. The projects will incorporate
professional exposure, community development, civic engagement, and
many other aspects of the leadership competency model. Scarlett
Ink Media will be part of these projects by supporting the youth in
capturing their learning as they go in various media forms (blogs,
film, print, etc). The outcomes of these projects shall have
real impact on the community.
Special thanks to our GS:TAG Facilitation Team members, Theron Sumpter,
Jr. of CMHA, Adele DiMarco Kious of Currere,
and Maurice Small of City Fresh.