REAL Community Youth Leadership Institute
June 3-5, 2018
Camp Joy, Clarksville, OH

BE A Leader.  BE Aware.  BE The Change. 


REAL Community Key Details

WHO: 50 Greater Cincinnati Students in Grades 10-12
WHEN: June 3-5
Bus transportation provided from Cincinnati leaving at 12:30pm on June 3. Returing on June 5 at 5:30pm
WHERE: Camp Joy, Clarksville, OH
WHY: To create an incredible community of young people who aren't afraid to talk about real issues and create change in their schools and communities
WHAT: REAL (Relevant Education for Authentic Leadership) Community is a 3-day residential setting bringing together young people grades 10-12 from different backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences. During our time together, participants will develop their leadership skills, explore their identities (race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.), learn how to work with people from different backgrounds, beliefs and experiences. Students who participate in REAL Community will have opportunities to organize for more welcoming and inclusive schools and use their leadership to plan the Young, Not Silent Summit (scheduled for November 17, 2018 at University of Cincinnati). 

Contact: If you have questions, contact Shawn Jeffers at or 513.404.8191.

R.E.A.L. means Relevant Education for Authentic Leadership.

Relevant Education

  • Awareness of ourselves and others by exploring identities, such as race, gender, sexual orientation
  • Tools for making a positive change in your school and community
  • Event Planning through organizing Young, Not Silent

Authentic Leadership

  • Understand your strengths and leadership style
  • Develop the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Knowing your role on a team and how to help a team achieve its goals



Key Questions

Who will be at REAL Community? 
Real Community will bring together 50 rising 10th-12th graders from throughout Greater Cincinnati area schools for an intensive three day retreat at Camp Joy. Student participants will be supported by a team of volunteer staff from Youth At The Center and Camp Joy staff.

What happens at REAL Community? 
Students will have the opportunity  to better understand themselves, understand others, and learn key strategies to be a positive influence in their schools and neighborhoods through the activities at REAL Community. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in and learn from activities that explore stereotyping, prejudice, communication, racism, and sexism. We also like to have fun doing serious things, so there will be a campfire, dance, and outdoor activities during our time as well. 

How much does it cost? 
The cost for REAL Community is $150. Financial Aid is available to cover the cost to help make it accessible for all young people. The cost includes all meals and lodging at Camp Joy. Additionally, transportation will be provided to Camp Joy from Cincinnati for all participants as well as a t-shirt and materials.

Why should I sign up?
REAL Community equips young people with the skills to raise their voice, be heard by peers and adults, and create change in their schools and neighborhoods. Student participants of REAL Community will help plan Young, Not Silent, the region's annual youth leadership conference attended by 400 young people. Young, Not Silent takes its name from challenging the old saying that "young people should be seen and not heard". At REAL Community, participants will be seen, heard, and valued as the next generation of leaders. Sign up today!