Emerging Leaders Program (ELP)

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is available to low-income students going into their senior year of high school in the fall. Participants are afforded the opportunity to prepare for their future, develop their work competencies, explore hundreds of careers through hands-on experiences, attend field trips, participate in job shadows, and more. Moreover, professionals from major industry clusters speak to the groups regularly and students tour various local universities, training centers, and worksites. Staff meet the students individually at home and/or school on a regular basis to further ensure the special needs of each participant are being met properly. Participants will earn a modest stipend periodically based on participation and goal completion throughout the school year and post-graduation.

The program is offered to students who attend East Allegheny, McKeesport Area, Penn Hills, West Mifflin Area, and Woodland Hills High Schools ONLY. ELP holds weekly sessions during the school day for the entire school year at each of the schools to allow students to participate without taking them away from any extra-curricular activities.

If you or someone you know may be interested call 412-829-7112 for more information or to obtain an application.

Emerging Leaders Program participants attended a job shadow in March 2016 at SLB Radio, during which they learned about broadcasting and communications media.  During the day, the students were able to produce a podcast about what it’s like to be a senior in high school, and what their reflections are for the current presidential campaign.  Listen to the podcast here:

Hear from students who have participated: