Leadership Committee MembersStudents from Central City Value and University Prep Value do good works in their communities and learn essential leadership skills in the process. As members of the Los Angeles Youth Leadership Council, they do everything from cleaning up their own environment to feeding their less fortunate neighbors.

Fifty-nine students from both high schools met at Red Shield in Los Angeles' Pico-Union district, where each student committed to being responsible, attentive, dependable, and respectful.

The Leadership Council urges students to think of themselves as Ambassadors of Compassion, individuals who "want to create a better world around them and take responsibility for their own life." Working first individually and then in small groups, students shared three calls to responsible action. Leadership opportunities like this have a profound impact on our students.

After doing this for four years, working with others and standing up in front of large crowds of people feels easy. It’s taught me how to better communicate, and that means we can work together for a better world.”
-- Graciela S., senior at University Prep Value High School

“I've gotten really good at working with other people," says Graciela S., a senior from University Prep Value. "After doing this for four years, working with others and standing up in front of large crowds of people feels easy. It's taught me how to better communicate, and that means we can work together for a better world.”

Many participants report that the experience builds character and helps develop their skills in public speaking, social etiquette, and group planning and collaboration. Jair V., another University Prep Value senior, sees the impact in and out of the classroom.

“We do meaningful things in the community," Jair says, "and at the same time we are learning about life - what you can do if there's abuse at home, or how to deal with peer pressure and things like drugs.”


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This program and other leadership programs like it help kids grapple with tough issues while empowering them to be leaders in their community. Value Schools celebrates the potential of each and every student, and works to ensure our students' potential is transformed into actions - actions that change perspectives and reshape lives.

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Downtown Value School Downtown Value School 
950 West Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone: (213) 748-8868
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Everest Value School Everest Value School
668 South Catalina St.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Phone: (213) 487-7736
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221 North Westmoreland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Phone: (213) 471-4686
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University Prep Value High School University Prep Value High School
1929 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
Phone: (213) 382-1223