The TAKE ACTION Leadership Campaign (TAC) is a collaboration between Los Angeles Unified School Districts high schools, middle schools, after school providers, universities, and community based organizations to develop young leaders within the Los Angeles Education System. Leadership is taught through quarterly service learning projects, outdoor education leadership retreats, celebrations of the arts, and a peer mentoring model to assist students in bridging transitions. The TAC is a unified high school after school programming model, is funded primarily by 21stCCLC grants and is overseen by three of BTB’s partner agencies: arc, EduCare Foundation and !Mpact People. In some cases, those three agencies partner as coaches with another CBO at TAC school sites. The campaign was originally piloted in spring 2008 at Fairfax HS, Grant HS, Lincoln HS, Los Angeles HS, and Maywood Academy. Now, in its fifth year, there are 56 participating high schools.

During after school hours, on weekends and during the summer, Leadership Councils made up of 10-20 students, meet to learn communication, project management, and professionalism. They use these skills to organize service learning projects, arts competitions, college tours, and peer mentoring. Each group brings it’s own unique perspective as they all follow a unified roadmap of annual events.

The primary goals of the TAKE ACTION Leadership Campaign are to:

    Reduce Youth Violence
    Develop student leadership skills where they assist in the planning and implementation of after school activities that promote student understanding of diversity issues at their schools

    Reduce High School Drop Out Rates
    Target 8th grade students and prepare them for their transition to HS. Once at a TAC HS, help ensure that as 9th graders these students feel investedand supported, in turn making it more likely they enter their sophomore year of HS

    Improve Student Achievement
    Implement after school activities that meet the cultural, linguistic, and academic needs of all students

    Provide College Readiness Resources
    • • College/University campus visits
    • • Financial Aid Workshops

    Facilitate Service Learning

    Encourage Volunteerism

    Promote Visual and Performing Arts

    Foster Workforce Readiness
    • Resume Building
    • Internships