Malta Bend student set to attend 2017 Junior National Young Leaders Conference

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Outstanding middle school students from across the United States will take part in an extraordinary leadership development experience at the 2017 Junior National Young Leaders Conference, an Envision program that provides a historical view of leadership and encourages young scholars to develop their own leadership skills and strategies for success in the 21st century.

Malta Bend student Jarron Smith was nominated by two of his teachers and selected to attend the six-day conference during the summer.

"The Junior National Young Leaders Conference enables students to recognize their own leadership abilities in the context of great men and women from the past and present," Envision Chief Academic Officer Andrew Potter is quoted in a press release. "They return home with new confidence in their ability to make a positive impact in their school and communities. Washington, D.C., serves as the perfect backdrop for this inspiring program to generate a new generation of U.S. leaders."

At the conference, sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students take part in workshops and participate in simulations to expand their leadership abilities. Scholars explore historically significant sites, such as Harpers Ferry National History Park and memorials throughout Washington, D.C., to reflect upon and learn from leaders and events of the past.

"The students gain greater sense of themselves, their roles to preserve American democracy, and their responsibilities as tomorrow's leaders," Potter said.

JrNYLC prepares students to utilize their improved leadership skills to promote positive change in their schools and communities through social advocacy. Students will work with their peers to create action plans for change to put into practice when they return home.

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