Tuesday, February 28, 2012

UthMpact Education Leadership Day - January 25, 2012

On January 25, 2012, a group of 28 high school participants in the UthMpact Leadership Program had the unique opportunity to spend an informative day with key education personnel and representatives of local colleges and universities. The following summary of the day’s activities was written by participant, Tori Ellison, a senior at Lakeland High School:

We began the day at the Polk County School Board offices in Bartow where speakers from different departments met with us to provide a background of their particular jobs and how they affects us as students. One of the most interesting speakers was Hazel Sellers, who is not only a Polk School Board Member, but she also serves as secretary and board member of our parent agency, InnerAct Alliance. The UthMpact members enjoyed talking with her about various subjects, including school uniforms. Later, we toured the campus at Southeastern University and our group met with representatives from Polk State College, Southeastern University, Warner University, and Florida Southern College to discuss the course offerings at their respective schools and how they might correlate with our future educational plans. All of the students and faculty we met with were very welcoming and cast their school in a positive light. This was a very interesting day because the information directly affects us as high school students, about to enter college.

The UthMpact Leadership Program, spearheaded by InnerAct Alliance, StandUP Polk Coalition, UthMpact Coalition, and key business partners, is designed to help teens develop crucial leadership skills. The 28 student participants have been nominated by their high school principals. The teens will meet with community leaders and experience the inner workings of local government, healthcare, education, and law enforcement. Remaining theme days include: Government Leadership Day (February 22); Business Leadership Day (March 28); and Leadership Graduation (April 25).

Applications are currently being accepted for Class II of the Leadership Program. If teens are interested in applying, they should contact their school principal or Veronica Awai, UthMpact Coalition Coordinator, at (863) 802-0777, or by e-mail at: veronica@uthmpact.com. You may also find UthMpact on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UthMpact.

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