Delaware Leadership Conference highlight
Posted by Michele Fidance on December 8th, 2016
On Saturday, November 12th, 120 Jefferson Awards Student Leaders from Delaware attended the 10th annual Students In Action Leadership Conference that was held on the campus of the University of Delaware in Gore Hall. This year’s Leadership Conference was designed and facilitated by 25 members of University of Delaware Organizational and Community Leadership majors in Dr. Karen Stein’s capstone class. Attending the conference were 17 high schools and youth groups from around the State of Delaware.
The conference followed a pop culture/media theme called “Tracks To Leadership.” The goal of the Students in Action Leadership Conference is to challenge the student leaders and develop leadership, communication and problem solving skills while building cross-cultural bonds and preparing them for active, contributing roles in their communities. The students participated in a series of workshops aimed to assist them in leading an action oriented volunteer service culture in their school while sharpening their leadership skills. From creating their own rap song, to learning to safely land a paper airplane, to creating a ramp for a marble out of materials, students took away concepts of collaboration, innovation, effective communication, problem solving, and team building and a lot of memories in between.
One especially memorable component of the conference was the participation in service projects to benefit the local community. During the day, the students also took part in service projects to benefit the community. The Students In Action attendees activated two national Jefferson Awards LEAD360 service projects: Score On Hunger and Survivor Packs. For the Score On Hunger project, the students packed 146 bags of food that went to the Newark Area Welfare Committee in collaboration with Mayor Polly Sierer of Newark. For the Survivor Pack project, the students packed 200 backpacks of toiletries and hygiene items for victims of domestic violence that are donated to shelters through Child, Inc. In total, students brought in over 2,700 items to complete the two projects.
This was the first year Delaware welcomed middle schoolers to the conference. A middle school track was incorporated to ensure students of all ages had a memorable experience.
Thank you to the following schools for attending the conference! Cape Henlopen JROTC, Caesar Rodney High School, Caravel Academy, Charter School of Wilmington, Delaware Homeschool Group, Delmar High School, Dover High School, Early College High School, First State Community Action Agency, Lake Forest High School, Newark Charter Jr/Sr High School, Padua Academy, Positive Outcomes Charter School, Sanford School, St. Elizabeth High School, Sussex Technical High School and Tower Hill School.