Leadership Program

Youth Champions 4 Human Rights

In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, quest for equality for all, we developed a program called "Youth Champions 4 Human Rights" designed to help school-age children between the ages 13 to 18 in 6th through 12th grades, become empowered students in their community, to enable them to make connections between the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and themselves, in addition to making connections between the UDHR and the world; that will contribute to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.


The "Youth Champions 4 Human Rights" Project will focus on middle through high schools, within the Hillsborough County School District, serving nearly 200,000 students attending schools in the 8th largest school district in the nation.


We expect students from target schools participating in this coordinated program, exhibit significantly lower rates of human rights violation, develop a greater understanding of human rights, and report abuses that occur in their schools.


The ‘LINKids Vote’ project is designed to educate and motivate youth to vote in the future as adults. The curriculum is comprehensive and seeks to develop information- gathering skills in students to aid in critical decision-making, including activities on how to register to vote, early voting, absentee voting, historical voting issues, election process, understanding issues, and identifying leadership characteristics in candidates.


This program gives students an opportunity to be contributing members of their communities by creating sub-committees that are governed, orchestrated, and participated by children who will practice the electorate process.


Our primary objective is to help students become informed citizens and to acquire a voting habit, so that, as adults, they will become active citizens; and to offer young children an opportunity to serve their community; playing vital roles as leaders and productive citizens while developing interpersonal, decision-making and communication skills that will prepare them to become future role models among their peers.

National Achiever's & Believer's Society

The National Achievers Society (NAS) has established itself as one of the Centers of Excellence's premier programs.


Formally known as the McKnight Achievers Society, it was established with the purpose of encouraging students in kindergarten through grade 12 to excel both academically and culturally.


The chief intent is to develop a group achievement modality among its members. By continually focusing on the importance of higher education and group accomplishments, NAS has enjoyed success in helping students develop a sense of achievement and pride that has turned learners into leaders.


The Centers of Excellence have inducted more than 19,000 students into NAS since 1986 and induct approximately 300 new students each year.

Eligibility for membership into the NAS includes:


  • A Hillsborough County COE NAS Induction CeremonyEnrollment in kindergarten through 12th grade


  • Earning grades of at least two A's and no C's;


  • Being sponsored by an adult in the State who agrees to serve as the "significant other" in the Achiever's life;


  • Submitting a written report on completion of community service projects each year;


  • and/or Being recognized for artistic and cultural talents and competing in and winning competitions at the regional or national levels.