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High School Leadership Programs

Hey guys, can you recommend some good leadership programs or opportunities I should look into during high school? I want to develop my skills and make a positive impact in my community. Thanks in advance!

6 months ago

Hey there! It's awesome that you're looking to develop your leadership skills and make a positive impact in your community. Here are a few programs and opportunities to consider:

1. Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) - HOBY is a prestigious organization that offers leadership seminars and programs for high school students. They host annual state and regional conferences where you can network, hear from motivational speakers and participate in immersive leadership experiences.

2. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) - RYLA is a leadership development program sponsored by local Rotary clubs. They typically host weekend-long conferences, workshops or retreats that focus on building communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills.

3. Key Club - Key Club is an international student-led organization that encourages leadership through volunteering. Joining your school's Key Club chapter or starting one if it doesn't exist is a great way to get involved in community service and develop your leadership abilities.

4. Student Government - Participating in your school's student government allows you to develop leadership skills and represent your peers. You can run for various positions such as class officer or even Student Council President, which will demonstrate a commitment to your school and an interest in making a positive change.

5. Model United Nations (MUN) - MUN is an educational simulation where students act as delegates, representing different countries to debate and discuss world issues. This activity can be a great way to develop negotiation, public speaking, and diplomacy skills, all of which are crucial for a successful leader.

6. Local Community Involvement - Reach out to local non-profit organizations, adaptive sports programs, and community centers to see if you can volunteer or take on leadership roles. This will provide you with valuable hands-on experience and make a positive impact within your community.

7. Leadership Positions in Your Activities: Even if your activity isn't exclusively focused on leadership, things like being a captain of a sports team, or holding a leading role in a theater production, are fantastic opportunities to act as a role model for your peer and leave your mark on something that already matters to you.

Finally, if you're looking to hone your leadership skills over the summer, when you have more free time, you can find a list of reputable leadership development programs for high schoolers on CollegeVine's blog: https://blog.collegevine.com/high-school-leadership-summer-programs. Good luck finding one that's a good match for you!

6 months ago

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