2009 Emerging Leaders Institute Launched
Penn State Lehigh Valley has issued a call for nominations for its 2009 Emerging Leaders Institute. The program recognizes leadership potential among the high school juniors in the Lehigh Valley based on nominations by guidance counselors and student applications. This year the program is based on the book, The Leadership Challenge, by James Kouzes and Barry Posner.
Throughout the four-month program, which is comprised of five Saturday sessions, Penn State Lehigh Valley Student Affairs staff will facilitate reflection and learning, while encouraging students to engage in community activities. Students will learn about their leadership style, understand and communicate effectively to lead organizations, and participate in many interactive activities that support teamwork, collaboration, and foster change.
"The Emerging Leaders program taught me how to interact in a professional manner with people from a variety of backgrounds," says Sara Vreeland, a graduate of Dieruff High School and past participant in the institute. "The activities challenged me to expand my knowledge, but they were also a lot of fun. The leadership skills I gained set me apart from my peers and inspired me to take an active role in my community."
Additionally, the Emerging Leaders Institute partners with many community agencies, organizations, and legislators with the goal of creating a program that will empower and inspire the Lehigh Valley's youth to become active citizens who are passionate about their communities.
To learn more about the selection process or the program, please contact the University Relations office at 610-285-5067.