'Leadership U.' to train 28 teens in community service skills

June 19, 1996|By Kathleen B. Hennelly | Kathleen B. Hennelly,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Leadership Howard County is launching a new program -- called "Leadership U." -- in which 28 soon-to-be high school juniors will undergo a week of training this summer aimed at increasing their work and community service skills.

The leadership training group -- an independent, nonprofit organization -- was established by the Howard County Chamber of Commerce in 1985 to help prepare adults for leadership challenges in the workplace and to encourage community service.

Now, in addition to training adults, the group will focus on teaching teens leadership qualities. This year's program will be from Aug. 4 through Aug. 9.

"Our goal is that these well-trained young people will become a valuable resource to our community, our country and our work as they apply the leadership skills acquired though this program to the problems which affect their lives," said Gary Smith, chairman of the Leadership Howard County Youth Steering Committee and director of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

During their one-week training, the high school students will learn about community activities, how to conduct meetings and how to build a consensus. With these skills, the students will select an issue and attempt to find a solution.

Students and parents were informed about the program by fliers in schools. The teen-agers applied in the spring. The program costs $250, but students not able to afford the tuition can apply for scholarships.

The program is being sponsored by a wide spectrum of individuals, local businesses and national corporations.

Participants in the program include:

Atholton High School: David Liebesman.

Centennial High School: Nivee Amin, Liz Mayotte, Julie Zhang.

Glenelg Country School: Julie Everett, Kim Greene.

Hammond High School: Stephanie Bloomer, Trevor Greene, Cyrus Guzdar, Heather Hutcheson.

Howard High School: Alecia Frisby, Darius Hodge, David Reiner, Anjali Sharan, Amber Vinton.

Long Reach High School: Maria Higgins, Alice Oglethorpe.

McDonogh High School: Patrick Blumer.

Mount Hebron High School: Lisa Bohlayer, Kristen Foster, Charlie Harris, Leslie Jumper, Greg Lennon, Annie McGarrigle, Emily Payne.

Oakland Mills High School: Alan Lederman.

River Hill High School: Marni Rosenbaum.

Wilde Lake High School: Soo Lee.

Pub Date: 6/19/96

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