What Is Youth Leadership? The Chamber offers a two-year leadership development program for 11th and 12th grade students with the goal of developing young leaders. The program encourages area youth to participate, to be engaged, and to facilitate understanding with their peers about community issues and opportunities. Eligible participants are selected from an application process that demonstrates a willingness to devote time and effort in learning about themselves and their community.
The program has, for the past twelve years, attracted over 387 students and started developing young leaders. These students come from all the high schools in Douglas County, Superior, Maple, St. Croix & Marantha Academy. Over a nine-month period, the program examines local community issues in politics, law enforcement, economic development, career education, ethics and local health and social services. This service learning experience has juniors and seniors analyzing the problems that affect us. It is through a greater understanding of local problems that students can learn more about their abilities and the skills they possess to model behavior and change a cultural climate at their respective schools.
Junior Year Curriculum - Building Leaders
Opening Retreat: Explore and Examine Leadership This retreat serves as an introduction to the program year. Students will participate in and explore group dynamics, team building, and decision-making and leadership concepts. Participants will examine their own attitudes and experiences that make up a diverse community. (The seniors in the program that are part of the Community Outreach Team develop the agenda and activities for the day.)
Leadership Development This program will introduce concepts, styles and characteristics of leadership, help students gain an awareness of their leadership styles and are able to identify qualities and attributes of other leaders. Part of the day will be interviewing community leaders asking them what leadership means to them.
"Healthcare" Discussions, site visits and decision-making exercises may explore social responsibility, teen pregnancy, the homeless, child abuse, the welfare system, prejudice and other areas of human needs, health and services. This day is one where students will dig deep, feel and see the human side of the makeup of a community.
“Law enforcement” An in-depth review of the justice system and juvenile crime, how laws are made and carried out that affect the system, and how city, county and state governments operate.
“Ethics – What line won’t you cross” Each of us will be tested on what we truly believe and stand for in life. These “moments of truth” will vary for each of us, but when they arrive, they force us to make critical decisions about what we value – the principles we live by. Our integrity will be tested.
"Economic Development" What moves us and shakes us"This program explores the history of the area and how it fits economically. Students will visit with business leaders to discuss topics such as starting and owning a business, women and minorities in business, attracting new industry and other economic development issues and concerns.
"Business Tours - Let's Look at the Man Behind the Curtain" Contrary to the Great Wizard of Oz we want our youth to look behind the curtains, walls, doors and anything else of our businesses in our community, especially those hidden businesses.
“Volunteer Day” You will spend a day or evening volunteering in our community to understand and see what the needs are of those who are less fortunate than you may be.
Walt Disney’s “YES” Program Youth Educational Series At the Disney Parks, innovation is the norm and creativity comes naturally. Our collection of standards-based, accredited field studies and educational seminars invite students to learn from our expertise. Or explore careers and a new way of thinking with Walt Disney Imagineering. And that's just the beginning. Put the magic of Disney storytelling to work in your lesson plans this year.
Explore, Inquire and Be Inspired Disney Youth Education Series programs take place in the information-rich setting of the Disney Parks in Florida to give students a hands-on, educational adventure. This collection of guided field studies, available in Liberal Arts and Leadership Development, is accredited, standards-based and designed to reinforce our classroom lessons. Practice teamwork, critical thinking and problem-solving skills as your group participates in one-of-a-kind moments that use the magic of Disney to make learning even more impactful.
Techniques of Teamwork Through Improvisation OVERVIEW - Get insights into how improvisational theories can be applied to real-life situations at home, school or in future careers. Every student plays a role in a mock production and is taught professional communication techniques that, with practice, help build confidence, unleash creativity and cultivate teamwork.
Disney Leadership Strategies OVERVIEW - Participants learn Disney management skills and business strategies for becoming an effective leader. Specially designed activities help students explore their entrepreneurial skills, practice communicating with and empowering people and discover how to inspire team excellence.
Senior Year Curriculum - Knowledge into Action During your senior year you will choose to serve on one of the following teams;
School Outreach Team:This team is responsible for organizing the various school-related activities which may include: 5th Grade Career Day, 6th Grade Transition Day, 8th Grade Transition Day, the Excellence in Education Banquet, Kids First at Bryant. They will also be responsible for recruiting new members for the Leadership Program. They may create new and innovative programs for school outreach
Philanthropy Team:The members of this action team take responsibility for the granting process. Given $2,000.00 from the Chamber, the Philanthropy Team is responsible for allocating this money to group/s that meet the needs they have identified. This team may also seek additional funds for the project. They inform agencies of the opportunity to receive funding, enforce the criteria, determine which requesting group/s will be visited, make a recommendation to the full leadership council, make arrangements for the agency/agencies to receive their funds at the Excellence in Education Banquet, and create a presentation for the Excellence in Education Banquet.
Community Outreach Team:This team organizes opportunities for members of the leadership group to volunteer within the community. This includes: contacting agencies that address community needs and setting up visits for members of the team. Identifying events for the students to volunteer for and organizing community-wide opportunities for all the students in the Youth Leadership Program.
Monthly Programs October = Philanthropy November = Diversity December = Choices January = Overcoming Adversity February = Women in Leadership March – May = Team Meetings May = Last Day & Graduation Day
Selection Criteria Applicants must be current sophomores who will be entering their junior year of high school in the following September. Potential participants are asked to complete an application as well as provide a teacher or community reference. In the selection process each applicant will have an interview with current seniors in the program. Applications are due to the Chamber office by 5 PM Friday, February 6th, 2015. The Selection Committee will select a diverse group of participants for the program based on the application and references.
Participants for the class will be notified of acceptance in February. Participants will need to attend an orientation session which will be held in the summer.
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