After SAT scores, essays, and GPAs (grade point average), leadership skills and community involvement rank highest in college admission criteria.

ABOUT THE COMPASSIONATE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Our high school volunteers are empowered through their opportunity to lead and mentor, to feel connected to their community, and to be of service to a cause larger than themselves.This is why we are committed to expanding the opportunity for leadership development for high school students.

The Traveling Stories Compassionate Leadership Program (CLP) provides significant opportunity for committed high school students to develop leadership skills through real life projects with Traveling Stories. Students get exposed to the practices and strategies underpinning essential components of any business, be that for-profit or non-profit, such as event planning and facilitation, digital marketing and fundraising, and program design and assessment.

The program is committed to developing effective and successful future leaders in community and business by connecting San Diego high school students with the opportunity for hands-on work experience and leadership training in the field of nonprofits, all through the lens of compassion.

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To do this, CLA will invite and work in collaboration with Compassion It, a non-profit dedicated to inspiring daily compassionate action and attitudes. Sara Schairer, Compassion It director and senior facilitator of Stanford University’s  Cultivating Compassion Training® (CCT) course, will be conducting monthly Compassion seminars with the program participants.

«Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.»

Ralph Waldo Emerson

THE COMPASSIONATE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM STRUCTURE

  • 10 bi-weekly work session meetings with Traveling Stories leadership
  • 6 monthly Compassion seminars with Compassion It
  • 5 StoryTent visits as Reading-Role-Models
  • Signature Storytelling Event 
  • A Graduation Showcase
  • Reviewed and edited college application essays upon completion of the program!

The CLP program provides direct, professional mentorship from Traveling Stories’ senior leadership, who lead our program participants in a six-month series of bi-weekly seminars and work sessions designed around the critical components of nonprofit development and community leadership.

LEADERSHIP PROGRAM TRACKS TO CHOOSE FROM

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EVENT PLANNING & FACILITATION

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DIGITAL MARKETING & FUNDRAISING

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PROGRAM DESIGN & ASSESSMENT

START DATE

March 14 2020

DURATION

6 months

COST

$500

LEADERSHIP TRACKS TO CHOOSE FROM

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Event Planning and Facilitation

Students in this track will work together to plan and host a Signature Event with Traveling Stories to be held at the end of the program in August 2020 at the Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park. Students will gain experience in all aspects of event planning.

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Digital Marketing & Fundraising

This track is a hands-on digital marketing and fundraising course. Students will be challenged and mentored through several fundraising models expected to design and implement real strategies throughout live online platforms in order to reach their fundraising goals.

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Program Design & Assessment

Students in this track will be directly involved with the theory and practice of program design and assessment at our StoryTents, from the identification of the need in the community to the implementation of an effective solution. 

QUESTIONS ADDRESSED BY THE COMPASSIONATE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Why is it essential to lead with compassion?

How does one organize community action successfully?

How do we galvanize and maintain community support and involvement?

How do we manage our stress and avoid burnout?

What do we lose in our leadership when we lose our compassion?

How do we know we are succeeding?

How can we address the real problems in our communities?

How can we measure our impact?

WHO SHOULD ENROLL IN THE COMPASSIONATE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM?

High school students who are passionate about making a difference in their community.

High school students who want to be accepted in the college of their choice.

Teens wanting to play an active role in society.