The Make a Difference (zMAD) Leadership Experience is a 4-week, 12-session, life changing summer leadership program for high school students. Students get the privilege to work with accomplished business leaders, non-profits, and government officials to make a difference in our community.
Here at zMAD, we believe that every student has a voice, every student has potential, and every student can make a difference in his or her community.
Teams of students work together with coaches to create social projects that address needs in our community. While being mentored in leadership skills, our students brainstorm community needs, develop a passion project, and pitch it to donors, non-profits, and community leaders at the Final Teen Impact Pitch Summit.
"When you get a glimpse of your potential, passion is formed" Zig Ziglar
The Zedbridge Make a Difference (zMAD) Leadership Experience empowers high school students to make connections in their communities. It gives them the tools they need to expand their confidence, develop leadership abilities, and build life skills.
Our program embraces the idea that learning should be hands-on and community focused. The sessions consist of fun ice-breakers, STEM experiments, motivational team-building activities, community panels, and research trips. From start to finish, our students are given increasing responsibility and ownership of their projects.
We believe that the youth are not tomorrow's leaders but today's. The truth is, we need them, and we need their unique perspective. We hand them a match, and they light a fire that will continue to burn long after our 12-week program has commenced.
zMAD is the passion project of Zedbridge, an educational nonprofit based in Redding, California. It is a collaboration of local administrators, educators, university professors, community influencers, and non-profits. As an organization, we see a need in Redding for teens to be mentored and given the chance to lead. We believe that every student is bursting with talents and abilities, and we deeply desire to encourage them to confidently embrace their life purpose.
We have a vision that this leadership project will not only create lasting ripples of change in Redding but will expand outside our city walls. We see a generation rising up, being empowered, and using their talents and abilities to ignite change. Not only are we sending out a battalion of leaders and world-changers, but the social projects envisioned, developed, and implemented will add civic value to our Redding community.
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