Organization holds Youth Leadership Institute
Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services Inc., the town of Shrewsbury's only private, nonprofit community counseling and social services agency, recently announced the winners and scholarship recipients for this summer's Youth Leadership Institute.
The program, called Teen Resources Academy and Institute for Leadership (TRAILBLAZERS), is designed to use civic engagement, real world program experiences, team building activities and guest speakers (respected local community leaders) to provide participants with the skills and experiences necessary to become active leaders within the community.
The program was made possible by a generous grant and donation by Wheelabrator Technologies and the Waste Management Foundation.
The institute ran for one week, July 28 to Aug. 1, from 12:30 to 4 p.m. each day. Twenty participants were selected from a pool of 50 applicants between the ages of 15 and 17. For the week, the students were divided into four equal groups.
All students completed personality profiles intended to help describe their own leadership style. Each day, each team selected a leader for that session, which included group discussions, handouts and movie clips illustrating a diff erent leadership style, approach or theory.
Teams also competed in friendly, fun and active "team challenges" (activities that promote team building and positive peer relations).
In addition, guest speakers related their experiences in leadership roles, what styles and approaches seem to suit them best and obstacles they've overcome. The idea was for speakers to impart their knowledge, wisdom, insight and inspirational stories to the developing young leaders.
Daily rewards (gift certificates) were provided for participants, as well as a scholarship at the end of the program. The institute culminated in community service projects run and facilitated by the four teams.
Successful participants received certificates of program completion and one winning team received cash prizes/scholarships for members ($100 each). One outstanding participant was awarded a single scholarship prize of $500 as well.
The Red Team, consisting of John Sooy, Jessica Foley, Scott Goodwin, Danny Canton and Alyssa Carelli, won the week's challenge with their community service project for "Bounce! Youth Fitness Inc." The Red Team created youth fitness programs, a marketing plan, and operational budget proposal for children age 7 to 12. "Bounce! Youth Fitness" director/owner Dian Taylor was a guest judge during the presentation of this project, and will use the team's proposals in future class off erings.
Alicia Collins, 16, won the individual scholarship of $500. She earned the highest ratings from peers, mentors, community service judges and administrators for her efforts during the entire program.
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