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(for new youth participants)

Empower your child, strengthen your family, and shape a brighter future together. Join the SHIELD Saturday Leadership Academy today and witness the incredible growth and transformation in your child as they become a confident and compassionate leader within our community!


Join us for an extraordinary 12-week virtual program designed to unlock your child's leadership potential while fostering a strong and connected community. The SHIELD Saturday Leadership Academy is the perfect opportunity for your child to develop essential skills and empower themselves for a brighter future.

Our engaging curriculum is carefully crafted to captivate young minds through enlightening talks, dynamic panel discussions, live events, and interactive group sessions. Designed with age-appropriate content, we provide a safe and inclusive environment where your child can grow and thrive alongside their peers.

We're excited to announce that applications for new youth participants are now open! Don't let your child miss out on this life-changing opportunity to gain valuable leadership skills, forge lifelong friendships, and contribute to the betterment of our community.

At SHIELD, we believe that every child deserves a chance to shine, regardless of financial circumstances. That's why we offer assistance with participation fees based on financial need. Reach out to us at to learn more about this fantastic opportunity.

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At SHIELD Mentor Program, we are dedicated to equipping our youth with essential leadership development skills that will pave the way for a prosperous future. We believe that by nurturing their potential and fostering meaningful connections with adult volunteers, we can create a transformative journey of growth and achievement. With tailored mentoring programs designed for children ages 9 to 18, we're here to empower your child to unlock their full potential and create a successful, bright future.

Join us in a dynamic collaboration where youth and adult volunteers come together to participate in interactive workshops, engaging team-building exercises, and immersive leadership development sessions. Each program is centered around a specific theme, addressing vital aspects such as goal setting, decision-making, conflict resolution, effective communication, and teamwork.

Our youth mentoring program is designed to empower young individuals as they embark on their personal path to success. Through enjoyable and interactive learning sessions with their peers, our youth participants have the opportunity to craft a personalized plan for achievement, setting them on a trajectory toward a fulfilling future.

All of our programs and activities are based on the following key programs:

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(for returning youth participants)

We're thrilled to offer a unique opportunity for our returning youth participants to embark on an exciting journey through the eagle's life cycle, transforming from childhood to adulthood while earning badges and progressing within our esteemed organization.

The Eagle Merit Program is designed to provide a continuation of services that build upon the foundation established during previous participation. As your child reengages with the program, they'll embark on a path of personal growth and achievement, unlocking new levels of excellence and leadership.

Participants in the Eagle Merit Program will have the chance to earn prestigious badges by successfully completing various stages, each representing a significant milestone in their development. These stages are carefully designed to enhance their skills, expand their knowledge, and cultivate their leadership potential.

We understand the importance of recognizing and celebrating the growth of our youth participants. That's why our program ensures that as your child progresses through the stages, they will be acknowledged and rewarded, reinforcing their commitment and dedication.

We invite your child to embrace this opportunity for continued growth and empowerment. Return to the SHIELD Mentor Program and witness your child soar to new heights as they navigate the eagle's life cycle, earning badges and advancing within our organization.

Reignite your child's passion for personal development and leadership excellence. Enroll them in the Eagle Merit Program today and watch them thrive as they spread their wings towards a promising future!

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(for parents of 4th - 12th graders)

12 Success Talks Discussion Guide

Discover a revolutionary approach to raising your child into a thriving, independent young adult. With Intentional Parenting in mind, we have created an online community that serves as a hub for intentional parents like you, offering invaluable resources, tools, and a supportive network to inspire and uplift your family.

Experience the transformative power of our virtual conference, where the life-changing benefits are not only real but within your reach. Through this immersive event, we will guide parents through our exclusive 12 Days of Success Talks Discussion Guide, tailored specifically for intentional parents like yourself.

By joining our vibrant community, you will gain access to a wealth of support for youth, parents, and families alike. Connect with like-minded individuals who share your commitment to intentional parenting, creating an environment of encouragement and shared knowledge.

SHIELD parents during orientation walking across UNCG campus.
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SHIELD Online Community

(for parents, mentees and community partners)

Unlock the power of online mentoring and join our registration-only SHIELD Online Community. Connect with mentors, parents, and families from anywhere, using any device. Engage in interactive activities, watch inspiring videos, and download engaging activity sheets.


Our platform promotes personal growth, peer interaction, and group collaboration, empowering youth to discover their potential. Parents, guardians, and caregivers are encouraged to participate alongside their children, fostering a supportive and interactive environment.


Register now to access a wealth of posted activities and join the online forum for valuable discussions. Join us in the SHIELD Online Community and embark on a transformative mentoring journey.

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Focus on Self-Awareness & Relationship-Building​

To lead others, our youth will develop who they are and/or want to be to connect with common interests and shared values.


Focus on Visioning, Goal Setting and Decision Making

Our youth will explore their desired future and set important goals while turning talk into action by supporting positive habits.


Focus on Future Growth

Our youth will focus on activities to have a better direction by connecting career and college readiness to achieve their future goals.


Focus on Ongoing Achievement

Our youth will implement plans for the future that involve the skills they explored. The program concludes with the planning and implementation of social change. 

Leadership Development

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