ational Teen Leadership Program (NTLP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers leadership camps and one day workshops to instill important leadership concepts in our youth. NTLP was created in 1992 with just 185 teens attending a three-day camp at California State University, Sacramento. NTLP’s three-day, intensive leadership camps are held on college campuses to expose attendees to higher education and includes motivational speakers, leadership exercises, small group sessions, interactive workshops, interviews with business professionals and a recognition ceremony; all coordinated by NTLP alumni who volunteer and pay their own way for the privilege of motivating the next generation of future leaders.
Now, twenty-plus years later, NTLP has provided positive and inspiring three-day leadership camps, full-day workshops and follow-on alumni activities for over 14,000 teens. Programs have been held in California, Arizona, Washington, Massachusetts and Texas. Over $160,000 in scholarships have been awarded to deserving young achievers and several strong community relationships have been forged including our seventeen-year partnership with the California National Guard.
In 2008, NTLP began providing one-day leadership retreats for high school-age dependents of our servicemen and women in the armed forces and in 2010, NTLP hosted its first full day Diversity workshop to over 150 students, parents, teachers and community youth workers. The response has been so positive, we continue to make the program an annual event.
Over 14,000 youth have experienced NTLP programs and literally hundreds stay a part of our organization long after their high school experience. Each year 35 to 40 alumni, from as far back as our 1992 program, return at their own expense to staff our conferences and mentor and motivate the next generation of future leaders. Six college-graduate alumni are active Board Members and many alumni serve on the Advisory Board.
NTLP is proud of our longevity and our accomplishments throughout the years. Director Laura Segura carried the Olympic Torch in 2002 in honor of the work done by NTLP. Senator Barbara Boxer awarded NTLP the Excellence in Education Award in 2006 and in 2009, NTLP was offered a $25,000 Challenge Grant to provide seed money to assist with the national expansion of the program. That goal was exceeded by the contributions of over 260 alumni, parents and friends of the National Teen Leadership Program, in just under three months.