A Legacy of Leadership

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Michael Holton, michaellh@cfra.org Phone: (402) 582-4915 Or Elisha Greeley Smith, elishas@cfra.org Phone: (402) 687-2130 ext. 1007
Lyons, Nebraska – This week kicks off National Student Leadership Week. Each year during the third week in April, schools are invited to recognize and celebrate their student leaders for their outstanding efforts and achievements in representing their peers and giving voice to student concerns.
The Center for Rural Affairs has assisted several rural communities with National Student Leadership Week celebrations. The Center for Rural Affairs has also been instrumental in assisting several Nebraska school systems in starting leadership programs. It is the goal of the Center for Rural Affairs to have a student leadership program in every Nebraska Community.

“It is important that we recognize the youth in their leadership role in the community and allow them to express their ideas in making our community better,” said Michael Holton, Community Development Associate with the Center for Rural Affairs.

The Mayor of Plainview made a proclamation declaring the week of April 13-19 as Plainview Leadership Week. They also invited Michael Karpovich, a nationally recognized consultant and speaker on youth leadership to speak to students and their Plainview Academy of Leadership (PAL).

The Plainview Academy of Leadership (PAL) is a program recently initiated that will develop skills that can be used to help with leadership in the community. The leadership academy will focus on areas such as servant leadership, transformational leadership, civic responsibility, policy literacy, ethics in leadership, intergenerational dialogue, leading change, and other areas.

Hartington, NE held a leadership workshop on April 9th to prepare their two school systems for leadership activities this week. Hartington Public and Hartington Cedar Catholic schools will be creating leadership programs in the same model as Plainview has with PAL.

“These communities have initiated programs that will have a lasting impact for many years and possibly many generations to come. They have taken the first steps in creating a leadership program to develop skills that can be used to help with leadership in the community, school, church, and in life,” continued Holton.

Holton concluded, “What makes this different from other traditional leadership programs is that it is geared for the youth and encompasses much broader areas of knowledge than specific skill sets.”

If you are interested in starting such a program or learning more contact Michael Holton with the Center for Rural Affairs at (402) 582-4915 or email him at michaellh@cfra.org.

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