Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Attention Parents: Program Teaches Effective Leadership Skills to Youth

The Volunteer Center of Bergen County is offering an innovative program that provides young people throughout Bergen County with the leadership skills necessary to play active roles in their local communities.

The Center’s Youth Leadership Institute is taking applications for a two-day workshop that will be presented on Thursday and Friday, June 27 and 28, each day from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.   The sessions will be held at the Volunteer Center of Bergen County in Hackensack.  The workshop is open to students who will be entering grades 8, 9 or 10 in the fall. 

Prospective participants are required to submit an application form, click here for form.    Upon acceptance to the program, the fee for each student is $50.00.

The purpose of the Youth Leadership Institute is to provide youth with the encouragement, peer networks and leadership skills necessary for them to make meaningful contributions to their communities and begin what is hoped will be a life-long commitment to service.  Its interactive curriculum provides leadership training typically available only to corporate executives and government leaders.  It features 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 at the Volunteer Center and certified Youth Leadership trainer says, “Many public and private schools encourage students’ community involvement; many have mandatory service requirements.  Colleges are looking for prospective students to submit resumes of service activities.”

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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