As an extension of LEAD
, the Ralph E. Davis Leadership Scholars Academy aims to build leader scholars for active community engagement with a cognizant mind of responsibility to self, responsibility to others, and an acknowledgment of this responsibility to their community through local and state partnerships, educational trainings and mentorship.
The academy is directed toward youth from underserved populations in the region and has been carefully designed to bring to the forefront the agentive potential of the youth of Southern Appalachian region. For all youth, developing a critical consciousness whereby, in the words of Paolo Freire, they can read both text and the world and, in doing so, be agents of change in their communities. This means that they understand how layered systems of inequality are and instead of being prisoners to those systems, their knowledge, activism, and creative, community-based problem solving makes them agentive forces of change and innovation.
Starting in the Fall of 2020, The Ralph E. Davis Leadership Scholars Academy will bring together a cohort of 15 students from each of Johnson City’s designated after school programs to participate in a citizen leadership workshop, summer service internship, and community forum.