The Alsobrooks Youth Leadership Institute prepares a diverse group of youth from diverse ethnic, economic, and social backgrounds who are serious about the lives of youth in Prince George’s County and who are interested in County government.
The Alsobrooks Youth Leadership Institute (AYLI) is a Prince George’s County youth interested in impacting the lives of youth in the County via serving local government. The AYLI website describes the program as the following:
The Alsobrooks Youth Leadership Institute (AYLI) is a 27-member body of Prince George’s Proud youth from throughout the County. AYLI is a diverse group of youth (ages 14-17, grades 9-11) from different backgrounds – ethnic, economic, and social who are serious about the lives of youth in our County and interested in County government. The program is an intense immersion-learning opportunity in which participants are required to attend 95% of the program meetings, modules, and service activities. AYLI is looking for forward-thinking young people who want to invest in their personal and professional growth while giving back and paying it forward. AYLI will represent the best of our youth and those who have a desire to make a positive impact on not just Prince George’s County, but the world. Participants will receive community service hours for school credit. Transportation is not provided.
The AYLI is now recruiting for new youth members to join the institute and make a difference in the County. The application is open from September 7 – October 14, 2022.
AYLI is looking for youth with:
- a strong interest in community service and willingness to serve as a volunteer in their community and for County government;
- dedicated time to participate and be active in the program;
- a willingness to develop and share creative solutions for issues involving youth;
- a commitment to doing what is right for those in need;
- a willingness to learn about the County and its history, culture, and operations; and
- an interest in strengthening their leadership skills.
AYLI Member Responsibilities
AYLI members will be responsible for:
- attending community meetings and serving with the County Executive at these events;
- meeting with County leadership to share the concerns of youth;
- making positive and strategic recommendations regarding policies that impact and affect the lives of youth in the County;
- recommending groups and organizations that could support community outreach concerning youth;
- providing feedback on select legislation related to youth;
- learning more and sharing information about the resources and programs available to youth in the County;
- assisting with increasing the social media touch with youth in the County via TikTok, IG, and others;
- developing and implementing a service project that will impact the lives of youth in the County; and
- increasing the number of youth interested in the County government.
Preparing youth for county service
The AYLI program strategically pairs local youth leaders with direct experience in county government and local government management. Doing so not only provides participants with relevant and translatable experience and skills, it creates a direct career pipeline for public service professionals.
As Counties continue to face the challenges of the “Great Recession” and evolving workforce, they should implement creative and impactful strategies like the AYLI to recruit and retain talented workers.