Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Youth Leadership Training Offered

The Volunteer Center is offering an innovative program that provides students currently in grades 8,9 and 10 with leadership skills they can put to use in school and in the community.

A two-day Youth Leadership Institute will be presented on Thursday and Friday, November 10 and 11, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm each day.    The sessions will be held at the Volunteer Center’s offices in Hackensack. Class is limited to 25 students.

Those are required to submit an application form, available by calling 201-489-9454 ext. 118 or via email: demery@bergenvolunteers.org.   Deadline for submission is November 1, 2011.  Upon acceptance to the program, the fee for each student is $50.00.

The interactive curriculum of the Youth Leadership Institute is designed to spark in students enthusiasm for getting involved.  The workshops, which provide the caliber of leadership training typically available only to corporate executives and government leaders, feature a challenging series of lessons and exercises on community needs analysis, goal setting, team building, project planning, decision-making and other leadership dynamics.

Debbie Emery, Director of Community Volunteer Services and certified Youth Leadership trainer says, “The Youth Leadership Institute is a great way for students to enhance their community involvement, which is increasingly important as they look toward fulfilling school requirements and applying to colleges.”

“Today’s students want to make a difference in their own communities, and are willing to tackle complex social issues,” continues Ms. Emery.  “By attending this workshop, students will learn how to plan for and develop service programs in their schools and youth organizations.  Leadership, whether on a team, in a club setting, in the classroom, is important to develop in our children for their future and ours.”

For more information on the Youth Leadership Institute, call Debbie Emery at (201) 489-9454 ext. 118, or email demery@bergenvolunteers.org.

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