Leadership is a complex and useful skill that may lay dormant in a young person until they are actually called upon to use it. This summer, six FMS middle school students were invited to attend a week-long leadership training program sponsored by the Ambassador Leaders program. Some of our students attended the training at Harvard Law School and others went to UCLA. Each student was nominated by their teachers and then submitted an application to be chosen to attend the training.
Their week was filled with seminars on team building, communications, and learning how to identify their own leadership styles. Successful business people presented during the week modeling many of the leadership traits the students had learned about. Our students were challenged with creating a community service project and figuring out its motto, purpose, and a strategy for implementing the idea. Some of our students came up with an idea focused on water; preserving it and providing clean water supplies to communities which they called “One Drop.”
When asked, “What did you learn about yourself through this experience?” One student commented that the experience “opened her up,” another had to “step out of her comfort zone and engage in conversations with people she had just met.” A student also commented that his group had to speak about their community project idea in front of an audience of over 100 people, and he was “pleased with his performance.” The experience certainly provided opportunities for students to become more confident in public speaking and collaborating with peers.