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, November 8 and 9, each day from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Volunteer Center’s office in Hackensack. The Youth Leadership workshop is open to students in grades 8, 9 or 10. Prospective participants are required to submit an application form, available on-line. Deadline for submission is October 26, 2012. Upon acceptance to the program, the fee for each student is $50.00.
The program’s curriculum is highly interactive, providing the kind of leadership training typically available only to corporate executives and government leaders and exploring community needs analysis, goal setting, team building, project planning, decision-making and other leadership dynamics.
“More and more schools – both public and private -- are requiring community service,” says Debbie Emery, the Volunteer Center’s director of Community Volunteer Services and certified Youth Leadership trainer, “and colleges want prospective students to submit resumes of service activities.
“Today’s students want to make a difference in their own communities,” she continues, “and are willing to tackle complex social issues. This two-day workshop will help students learn how to plan and develop service programs in their schools and youth organizations. Leadership, whether on a team, in a club setting, or in the classroom, is an important attribute to develop in our children-- for their future and ours.”