National Summer Learning Association’s (NSLA) Special Populations professional summer learning community (PLC) is comprised of leadership professionals who work with youth who identify as a special population. This includes youth with physical, cognitive, or learning disabilities, those experiencing homelessness, illness, or bereavement, and LGBTQ+, children exposed to domestic violence.
One of the main objectives of this PLC is to empower youth-serving leaders who often feel isolated due to the independent nature of serving in a leadership role within their organization. Members are not CEOs, so lack that control, but are often reporting to the CEO and feeling isolated in their leadership position.
Working collaboratively and compassionately, we are addressing key issues such as:
Professionals in leadership positions within their youth-serving organization, including Director of Operations, Camp Directors, Program Directors, among other positions. They are often professionals who lead sessions at professional conferences, are looked to for leadership, and are looking for support and fellowship through a peer group.
PLC Team Leader
Sterling Nell Leija
NSLA Field Consultant
Email Sterling at SpecialPopulations@summerlearning.org to learn how to join our PLC.