Youth Leadership Project

The HopeWorks Youth Leadership Project is a service-learning program dedicated to empowering teens to challenge systems of oppression and prevent relationship violence in their community. 

This project creates a space for students to grow in understanding themselves and the world. Facilitating self-care and social justice projects, youth leaders engage in frank discussions, raise their social consciousness and participate in creative projects and activism.

Youth Leadership is open to teens of all genders, ages 13-18. The project provides an affirming and safe space for all students.

HopeWorks’ Youth Leadership Project explores many topics related to violence prevention including healthy relationships, media literacy and the safe use of technology, social constructions of femininity, healthy masculinity, self-management and self-care, environmental justice, body policing, bystander intervention, healthy sexuality, cultural relativity, bullying, gender dynamics, and understanding intersectionality and root causes of oppression. All Youth Leaders serve as outreach specialists, educating their peers and encouraging personal and community safety.

The application deadline for YLP cohort 2024-2025 is September 1st.

Youth Leaders:

  • Create a Zine on liberation and youth power
  • Participate in HopeWorks’ community garden, “The Our Earth Project”
  • Learn violence prevention skills
  • Engage in conversations around social justice issues and challenging systems of oppression
  • Develop leadership and public speaking skills
  • Earn community service hours


  • Be between 8th grade and 12th grade with the written consent of a parent/guardian to participate
  • Work well with others
  • Be curious about prevention and have a want to promote change


  • Must attend monthly meetings/trainings throughout the school year (September 2024-May 2025)
  • Participate in service projects
  • Attend and assist with agency awareness events

24-Hour Sexual, Dating and Domestic Violence Helpline: (410) 997-2272



9770 Patuxent Woods Dr., Suite 300

Columbia, MD, 21046

(410) 997-0304