The Kiamsha Youth Empowerment Program was founded by long-time citizen and community activist, Mrs. Dorothy F. Bailey, in Prince George’s County, Maryland in 1992.
For over 20 years, Kiamsha has positively influenced the lives of more than 2,500 local youth and even more across the country and abroad. We owe much of our success to the participation, dedication and contributions of Kiamsha alumni.
Kiamsha’s youth in grades 8th – 12th participate in the Steering Committee to plan and facilitate our annual youth led Dropout Prevention Summit. The students meet weekly to sharpen their presentation, workshop development and public speaking skills, while learning about history and issues that affect today’s youth in preparation for the Dropout Prevention Summit.
In addition to their weekly meetings, Kiamsha youth participate in quarterly field trips, workshops and community service projects.
Use history, peer and intergenerational interaction to empower youth to abstain from pre-martial sex,
drugs, violence, and prejudice.
- Promote self-worth, self-respect and self-confidence
- Foster learning and continued education
- Teach and reinforce positive means of oral, written and nonverbal communication
- Improve academic performance
- Foster community involvement and service to others
- Expose youth to other ethnicities and cultural experiences
- Discuss social, racial and economic constraints that impede individual development and growth
- Afford youth alternative ways to handle anger, hurt, frustration and disappoint that are non-violent and positive in nature and beneficial to their development
- Foster individual expression and independent thinking
- Socialize youth with their peers and adults in an effort to gain mutual understanding and
respect and establish open lines of communication
“The blending of generations to empower our youth.”