Building Our Leaders and Dreamers

go bold. be bold.


"Thank you so much for this opportunity and for giving all of us a space to use our voice, continuing to inspire us and letting us see the power we as the youth hold!"

"This program really did make me realize my potential and you provided me with so many resources and connections."

"There was nothing more exciting than instantly feeling the passion, enthusiasm, and welcoming environment since day 1."

"Thank you guys so much for making this experience really enjoyable and fun. I never thought I would learn this much but I’ve really been inspired by you all."


Inspired by the Instructional Leadership Corps, a professional development model developed by the California Teachers Association, the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and the National Board Resource Center, the School of Leadership & Facilitation provides professional development to site level leaders who work in California Expanded Learning programs (e.g., after school, summer learning, intersession). Designed by ASAPconnect, an annual leadership cohort builds the capacity of accomplished site level leaders. Participants are tasked with facilitating dialogue that inspires action to integrate the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning at their sites and organizations to continuously improve the quality of their programs.

ASAPconnect, Flyte Studio, Afterschool Guru, and college sophomores (our Program Associates who participated in a similar experience in high school) have translated the program for high school students in this youth leadership cohort. The program is funded by the Expanded Learning Division of the California Department of Education.

bold vision

Our shared vision is to apply all that we have learned from our highly successful School of Leadership & Facilitation and afterschool leadership programs to a diverse group of youth who are participating in expanded learning programs throughout California and who are eager to build their leadership skills and make an impact in their community. What kind of leaders are needed to build a future that embraces compassion, authenticity, and empowerment of others? BOLD leaders.

We will engage the youth in exploring their natural strengths and talents, developing a project to address a community issue they are passionate about, building facilitation skills to leverage throughout their academic and professional careers, establishing mindfulness practices to be fully present in all they do, and building social capital through their growth and actions.

program goals

Participants will receive training and mentoring support in:

  • Strengths-based leadership skills

  • Planning and delivering a community impact project

  • Mindfulness practices

  • Effective meeting facilitation methods

important dates

Program Duration: Oct 2021 - May 2022

Virtual Learning Community calls will take place at 3:30-5:00 p.m. on the following Mondays: Oct 18 (orientation), Oct 25, Nov 8, Nov 29, Jan 5, Jan 24, Feb 14, Mar 7, Mar 28, Apr 18, May 9 (reflection & celebration).

(Dates are subject to change. Special calls may be added, including a culminating event.)

participant commitments

  1. Ensure school work continues as your top priority while you are participating in the program.

  2. Take the CliftonStrengths assessment.

  3. Identify areas you want to focus on:

    • Specific strengths/talents you have

    • Skills you want to build or deepen

  4. In a digital portfolio, document progress on your chosen focus areas and other notes about what you’ve learned in the program. This may include notes, videos, pictures or screen captures, as examples.

  5. Start or deepen your own mindfulness practice and document the impact of your mindfulness practice in your digital portfolio.

  6. Team with at least one other cohort member to research an area to impact change in your community, prepare a presentation, and give the presentation to a relevant community leader and possibly other audiences.

  7. Actively participate in a minimum of nine of the Virtual Learning Community (VLC) calls listed above. VLCs will include practicing mindfulness, understanding your strengths, learning and practicing facilitation skills, sharing successes and challenges, preparing for the community impact project, sharing “I am From” poems, breakout discussions, and may include special guests.

  8. Be paired with one of two college sophomores (Program Associates) who participated in a similar and very successful leadership program during high school (one is now at Stanford and one is at UC Berkeley) to mentor you throughout the program. Meet with your college mentor for scheduled mentoring meetings (30-60 minutes each).

  9. Request feedback from cohort peers, your Program Associate mentor, program faculty, and/or others and consider it for your own continuous leadership growth.

program completion award

There is no tuition fee to participate in BOLD.

Participants who successfully complete all program commitments will earn a $600 program completion award.


The 2021-2022 cohort of California high school juniors and seniors has been selected. Applications will open for the 2022-2023 cohort later in 2022.

Please contact Julie Groll at if you have any questions.