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Wishbone, a non-profit fundraising platform that helps students attend after school and summer programs through charitable donations, has helped send this student to our leadership camp. We’re pleased that the Wishbone community has given us their support and generosity.

Wishbone.org helped send Fatima to our program this year!

“Thanks to all of my donors I was able to attend National Teen Leadership Program. Attending this program has [given] me more leadership skills and has helped me come out of my comfort
zone. At first I was shy, but after a few hours and a nice welcoming gathering, I felt safe and like at home. Everyone was very kind and loving with me and other people. Thank you for making this opportunity possible.”

We are so glad that Fatima was able to attend this year! Find out more about her Wishbone campaign. #wishbone #NTLP2016 #NTLPNorCal

Barbara lives in San Jose and attended our Northern California program this summer, with help from Wishbone.org!

Here is her update: “[NTLP] has completely changed my outlook on my life and the people around me. I have learned so much about how to develop myself as a leader and a warrior. I feel like I can make an impact on a person’s life, even if it is tiny. This program had so many different elements; it was an emotional journey. For example, you can be happy and excited in one moment then the next moment, you can be silent and contemplating life. The people were the most amazing part of my experience, they were all so accepting and happy… I am truly grateful for the people who helped contribute to this wonderful summer!”

Read more on Barbara’s Wishbone campaign. #wishbone #NTLP2016 #NTLPNorCal

Melanie attended our Northern California program this summer, with help from Wishbone.org! Here is her update:

“I went to my program and it was great. I saw some friends that I haven’t seen in a while that came from a school back home and I also made some new friends. The speakers that were there were great and the workshops they had showed us some new leadership skills. The camp left a happy feeling in me and I would definitely go again since I loved it.”

Read more about Melanie’s Wishbone Campaign. #wishbone #NTLP2016 #NTLPNorCal

With help from Wishbone.org, Marco attended our Program this year in Northern California!

“Woo! What an experience with people of different interests, backgrounds, and hearts. Sure was a doozy.
Enjoyed the people I met, I can say that for sure. The people were definitely an interesting bunch with hearts that were constantly wanting to improve.”

Read more on Marco’s journey to NTLP! #wishbone #NTLP2016 #NTLPNorCal

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laura
In honor of our Founder, Laura Segura, and her 22 years of dedication to the National Teen Leadership Program, our organization established the Laura Segura Scholarship Fund in 2014 to send students in need of financial assistance to our three-day program and to award $2,500 college scholarships for completing our NTLPCorps Fellows Program.

What is the NTLPCorps Fellows Program?

The NTLPCorps Fellows Program is a transformative year-long program that integrates the leadership skills students obtain at camp and utilize those skills to create a service project that impacts their community directly.

Who are NTLPCorps Fellows?

NTLPCorps Fellows are future community leaders and agents of change. They embrace and execute NTLP’s core values, make a year-long commitment to represent NTLP and work with mentors and other Fellows to identify problems or needs to improve their community.

This year, NTLP will identify two students who will serve as our NTLPCorps Fellows for 2016. At the completion of their fellowship, he/she will receive a $2,500 scholarship to the college of their choice. Scholarships will be based on the extent of the project proposed and awarded upon the project’s completion.

Apply for our NTLPCorps Fellows Program today!

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Alumni Spotlight

We like featuring an NTLP alumni so you can see what he/she is doing to change the world! Some of our alumni were recipients of Special Awards presented to them at our three day leadership camps for their efforts in extra-curricular activities, volunteerism and education. Others were acknowledged as Ambassadors by their fellow camp attendees for making it their personal mission to help their peers get the most out of three day weekend.

Reagan Wineman

Reagan Wineman

Hometown: Santa Maria, CA
High School: Righetti High School
Current Job: Student/NTLPCorps Fellow
Year(s) Attending NTLP: Nor-Cal 2015

Our corp fellows recipient Reagan Wineman just put on a concert to help raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention, and was just featured in the Santa Maria Times.

Santa Maria Times
Righetti student puts together concert to raise awareness for mental health, suicide prevention

By: Gina Kim – May 13, 2016

Link to original article: Santa Maria Times

It was the tragic loss last summer of [Name removed for confidentiality], a popular Righetti High School teacher and her mentor, that inspired 16-year-old Reagan Wineman to put together a concert to raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention.

[Name removed for confidentiality], a resident of Arroyo Grande, had taught sophomore honors English and Advanced Placement Literature at Righetti High School since 2009. She died in August in Ashland, Oregon.

For the last several months, Wineman, a junior at Righetti, has been meticulously planning the Concert 4 Life set for 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the on-campus Greek Theater.

The concert itself is to not only commemorate those whose lives were lost to suicide, but also to allow community members afflicted with mental health issues and battling depression to receive the help they need, she said.

“I wanted to spread more awareness because people need to understand that this truly is a mental illness issue – it’s something out of their control,” Wineman said. “This concert is to show them how they can receive help and how we as a community can help them receive help.”

The lineup for the free concert includes The Royal Suns, Pancho and the Wizards and King Cole, who will perform half-hour sets.

Between each set, various speakers and counselors will present resources available at the school for those who need help.

A variety of booths will be set up at the concert by local government agencies and nonprofit organizations, including the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, National Alliance on Mental Illness and Transitions – Mental Health Association.

The school’s To Write Love on Her Arms organization will hand out water and sell bracelets, and the FFA program will sell tri-tip sandwiches.

“It’ll be really fun, with lots of good music,” Wineman said. “And I hope people can take away the meaning of the event – which is to realize that there are so many surrounding people who are affected every day.”

The origin of the concert can be traced to Wineman’s trip to the National Teen Leadership Program conference in Sacramento last summer.

[Name removed for confidently] was the one who sent Wineman and funded her trip.

Wineman was selected to attend the conference and represent a school from the Southern California region in addition to submitting a community project for the NTLPCorps Fellows Program scholarship.

“The conference changed me,” Wineman said.

As part of the scholarship program, students submitted projects created under the guidance of advisers and mentors who helped complete them.

The program gave students the opportunity to integrate skills learned from the leadership program and use them to create a service project that would directly impact their communities.

Wineman said she set her sights on something she knew affected many people in her life – suicide and mental illness.

It was her Concert 4 Life project that helped her be one of the two students who won the NTLPCorps Fellows scholarship.

“I know so many people around me afflicted with depression,” Wineman said. “I chose to base my project on suicide awareness, because I feel like a lot of people may not realize how serious the situation is.”

Link to original article: Santa Maria Times

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Alumni Spotlight

asela wishbone

An Update from Asela

September 11, 2015

Her Passion: Science
Attending: National Teen Leadership Program

Wishbone, a non-profit fundraising platform that helps students attend after school and summer programs through charitable donations, has helped send this student to our leadership camp. We’re pleased that the Wishbone community has given us their support and generosity.

Thank You for NTLP

This summer was hugely impacted by NTLP. This program was eye-opening to me because the people there were able to motivate me as well as students. I now feel confident that I can make a change in the world. The other students and the staff made me feel welcomed and appreciated. This experience was not only useful, but it gave me the courage to become who I really am.

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Alumni Spotlight

luis wishbone

An Update from Luis

September 11, 2015

His Passion: Business
Attending: National Teen Leadership Program

Wishbone, a non-profit fundraising platform that helps students attend after school and summer programs through charitable donations, has helped send this student to our leadership camp. We’re pleased that the Wishbone community has given us their support and generosity.

Thanks for this great opportunity

National Teen Leadership Program really taught me to open up and seek out new adventures that will help me see the world in a more positive manner. This program really inspired me to seek out other programs and try my best to attend NTLP for a second year. I’ve always looked at society through a negative point of view but the mindset that I went through during the program really did change the way I feel about summer programs and activities. I am greatly appreciative for this opportunity and I took full advantage of how the program was ran.

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Alumni Spotlight

itzel wishbone

An Update from Itzel

August 31, 2015

Her Passion: Leadership
Attending: National Teen Leadership Program

Wishbone, a non-profit fundraising platform that helps students attend after school and summer programs through charitable donations, has helped send this student to our leadership camp. We’re pleased that the Wishbone community has given us their support and generosity.

My Life Changing Summer

This was by far the most amazing, and inspirational weekend with NTLP at Sacramento State University! My weekend was filled with amazing workshops, and listening to the most inspirational, motivating speakers. Listening to these speakers really helped me realize that being aware of a problem isn’t going to help; having the courage to make a difference is what makes us leaders. Taking that step to make a difference is what will empower our youth to make the changes we want to see because we are the next generation. We can make the difference, all we have to do is have the courage to make a stand. The workshops I experienced also showed me that I am not alone, there are many who experience the same things as I have regardless of sex, ethnicity, etc — we all stood together and were not alone. I have learned to take the lead I need to make the changes I want to see, and be aware that I am not alone, and no one else should have to be alone. I plan to follow through with all the “life-lessons” I learned and be the difference my community needs. Aside from all that I met many new people, which really helped me come out of my comfort zone and have fun. Although we only had known each other for about 3 days it was still an incredible bond we had throughout the program, which I will never forget.

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Michelle Mkhlian, a senior and the Associated Student Body President at Montebello High School was sponsored by the Montebello Unified School District to attend NTLP’s leadership camp this summer. She has attended a number of NTLP events in Southern California and has been very active in promoting awareness of the Armenian Genocide in the District. Michelle is Armenian and there is a large Armenian population in Montebello. Michelle was honored to receive the prestigious Ambassador Award at Chapman College at our 2015 So Cal Camp. The beauty of the Ambassador award is that it is voted on my her fellow participants at the camp.

Below is an article highlighting Michelle’s achievements. See the original article on the Montebello Unified School District website.

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Alumni Spotlight

Every month, we feature an NTLP alumni so you can see what he/she is doing to change the world! Some of our alumni were recipients of Special Awards presented to them at our three day leadership camps for their efforts in extra-curricular activities, volunteerism and education. Others were acknowledged as Ambassadors by their fellow camp attendees for making it their personal mission to help their peers get the most out of three day weekend.

Ashlei DiLorenzo

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Hometown: Burbank, CA
High School: Providence High School
Current Job: Special Education Teacher
Year(s) Attending NTLP: So-Cal 2001 and every year throughout high school

Ashlei DiLorenzo is an NTLP alumnus, first attending the summer of 2001. Inspired and empowered, Ashlei returned as a camper throughout high school and was asked to return to staff after graduating from Providence High School in 2005. She played volleyball for San Diego Mesa Community College and then transferred and graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in 2010 with a degree and license in Elementary and Special Education.

Her first teaching job was at a school whose students were from low-income families in a community with a high rate of drug-abuse and homelessness. This inspired her to begin her own non-profit, which is currently in the works, to help children around the world who live in such communities, to assist them and help them rise above their circumstances. Shortly after this teaching position, her husband decided to pursue his dream of playing professional hockey. For two years, the couple traveled around the country while her husband played goalie for several semi-pro teams. Currently, Ashlei and her husband are back home on the beautiful islands of Hawai’i.

Ashlei is a Special Education teacher, working with students who are mostly immigrants with limited English proficiency. She started an inclusion program at her school which allows students with disabilities to learn with their peers while receiving assistance in their General Education classrooms. In her spare time, Ashlei manages her own business, a traveling boutique that features pure health and wellness products. Ashlei hopes to raise money through the traveling boutique to help fund her future worldwide non-profit!

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Alumni Spotlight

Every month, we feature an NTLP alumni so you can see what he/she is doing to change the world! Some of our alumni were recipients of Special Awards presented to them at our three day leadership camps for their efforts in extra-curricular activities, volunteerism and education. Others were acknowledged as Ambassadors by their fellow camp attendees for making it their personal mission to help their peers get the most out of three day weekend.

Jalin Hsu

Name you’d like me to use: Jalin “Ja” Hsu
Hometown: Solon, OH
High School: St. Francis High School, Sacramento
Job/Current City: Singer and Piano/Voice Teacher, Los Angeles

When/where were your NTLP camps?

– Attended University of Pacific Stockton in 1994

Who was your favorite speaker (if you remember or you can skip)?

– Gary Zelesky

What is your favorite NTLP memory?

– Bringing my band Lounge-O-Rama to play at the 20th Anniversary Party at Loyola Marymount. My singing career today has been built on what I’ve learned from the contests and talent shows of my youth, including winning the NTLP talent show in 1994 with my sister Yilin Hsu-Wentlandt. So that was a proud full circle moment for me!
Jalin Singing

What did you learn at the program?

– I learned that one has to be brave in this life. I learned to go out of my comfort zone in order to grow and discover things about myself and what I’m capable of. I learned that studying how to be a leader is energizing and fun, but actually leading well is very demanding. Whenever I find myself communicating poorly or not being empathetic, which is every day, I pause and remind myself to 1) listen and speak without judgment and 2) put things into greater context.

How has the program evolved over the years?

– The NTLP appetite for motivating teens has always been an insatiable one. Over the years it seems we’ve focused that appetite into bites that are smarter, savvier, and more digestible for everyone! It’s inspiring to know how much we have grown from being uncertain teens to being adults with vibrant careers, educational achievements, and growing families.

Why are you still involved in NTLP and what is your role with NTLP?

– I’ve been staffing on and off since 2001. I attended most of the retreats and helped plan the most recent retreat. I was planning to lead a hike to the Hollywood sign in May, however, I will miss it because I will be singing on a cruise ship. Keep a look out for updates regarding this alumni event. I continue to be involved in NTLP because this is where “Everybody knows your name”. It really is a feel-good reunion whenever I hang out with NTLP folks, and I am reminded of how my best self behaves. I keep learning new skills that I can apply to my life. I love enriching my old friendships.

Alumni Spotlight

Every month, we feature an NTLP alumni so you can see what he/she is doing to change the world! Some of our alumni were recipients of Special Awards presented to them at our three day leadership camps for their efforts in extra-curricular activities, volunteerism and education. Others were acknowledged as Ambassadors by their fellow camp attendees for making it their personal mission to help their peers get the most out of three day weekend.

Derlin Hsu

Name you’d like me to use: Derlin Hsu (pronounced “Duh-ling Shoo”)
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
High School: St. Francis High School
Job/Current City: Music Therapist, San Diego, CA

When/where were your NTLP camps?

– Mount St. Mary’s ’99 and ’00 (NorCal) and Chapman University ’02 (SoCal)

Who was your favorite speaker (if you remember or you can skip)?

– Scott Greenberg

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What is your favorite NTLP memory?

– When another teen participant, now NTLP staff member had pretended to be on crutches the entire weekend of NTLP, did a spoken word at the talent show, at which point, he dropped his crutches, and made us realize we ALL treated him differently in one way or another because of his crutches. The NTLP staff at the time were also completely surprised and unaware of this staged, and poignant, gesture. My mind was blown!

What did you learn at the program?

– Amidst the confusion and fear of being one’s self in high school, I learned that an intentional space and culture of positivity, compassion, openness, and acceptance WAS possible. I found my own potential to be a positive influence on others; I gained confidence to be myself; I learned to take initiative in a group setting; I learned to be proactive in checking my thought patterns to accept others without judgment. I learned very foundational principles that continue to influence my every-day values and decisions as a music therapist and human being!

How has the program evolved over the years?

– I think the heart of the program remains the same — we’ve created a culture that is extremely positive, uplifting, and provides the ideal environment for people’s true, and best, selves to open and flourish. However, the parts that have evolved are the alumni staff of course, the dance, what we do to reach out to new participants with the advent of the internet, and increased clarity of our mission and core principles.

Why are you still involved in NTLP and what is your role with NTLP?

– I am still involved in NTLP because it has taught me to be a better person. I am happy to help NTLP continuing thriving in order to benefit the next wave of teenagers. Also, NTLP folks are my second family!
– I am on the NTLP Alumni Outreach Committee, whose goal is to support NTLP’s Mission and CORE values through connecting, enriching, and empowering our alumni beyond the three-day weekend. The Alumni Outreach Committee does this through get-togethers, reunions where alumni can reconnect or connect for the first time in recreation, staff training opportunities, and creating a space where alumni can share their own life knowledge, wisdom, and expertise with others. We strive to help keep the NTLP family connected!

What is one of your favorite quotes?

– “Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” Goethe