In the summer of 2014, York College and Strata Leadership will partner to offer an innovative program for high potential students, grades 10-12. The Presidential Leadership Institute will provide students from across the United States the opportunity to interact with nationally recognized leaders while participating in an in-depth team building experience with their classmates.
The goal of the program is to help students become leaders and agents of positive change in their schools. All of the week’s content will have a spiritual component as students explore the relationship between Christian principles, service, character, and effective leadership.
“High school can be a very challenging environment for young Christians. We want to give these students the tools to develop leadership skills that will serve them throughout their lives as well as in their school environment,” says Dr. Nathan Mellor, CEO of Strata Leadership, LLC, the world's largest character-based leadership company.
“Our goal is to equip young people to lead in the same way that we equip York College students,” says Steven Eckman, YC president.
A unique facet of the Presidential Leadership Institute is the emphasis on drawing four to six students from a single school. After completing the program, students will return to their school as a leadership team, able to lean on each other in order to achieve goals for their student body.
Some of the program will take place on the York College campus, but the week will also include a luncheon in the Nebraska Governor's Mansion with Governor Dave Heineman, as well as interaction with the Nebraska Speaker of the Unicameral and former York Mayor Greg Adams.
The Leadership Institute will also include a VIP Tour of the Eisenhower Presidential Museum and Library in Abilene, Kansas. Students will be addressed by and given opportunity to interact with Mary Eisenhower (granddaughter of President Eisenhower) and Tim McNeese, York College history professor.
Classes on the YC campus will be taught by Dr. Mellor and Dr. Brian Bush, executive vice president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs and former executive director of the Academy of Leadership and Liberty.
The program runs July 13-19, 2014.
The program is limited to 50 students and at this time, priority is given to schools in the National Christian School Association. The cost for the program is $100 per student.
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