Leadership Greater Madison - Youth 2017/18
2017/18 Student Application
LEADERSHIP GREATER MADISON – YOUTH: GREAT CIVIC LEADERSHIP STARTS HERE
WHAT IS LEADERSHIP GREATER MADISON-YOUTH?
Leadership Greater Madison-Youth (LGM-Youth) is a civic leadership development program for high school sophomores in Dane County. LGM-Youth launched in Feb. 2015 with a pilot class of 18 students from 11 school districts and is now open to all Dane County High School sophomores. The 6-month program is comprised of hands-on, experiential learning opportunities that help students learn about the community in which they live and allows them to see the leadership roles they can play. The off-site, daylong sessions include a range of leadership skill development activities/exercises; thoughtful discussions and interactive conversations with local experts; a team project; and an invaluable opportunity to connect with youth from other schools and with numerous community leaders and mentors. Along with giving participants an enriching learning experience, it also qualifies them for credit toward a prestigious Youth Leadership Certificate from the Wisconsin Dept. of Public Instruction.

WHAT IS THE GOAL OF LGM-YOUTH?
One key priority for school districts and communities is to provide enrichment opportunities for students identified to have leadership or academic “potential.” There is a concerted effort in schools to identify authentic experiences where students can gain a deeper understanding of themselves; build relationships with diverse members of society; apply their skills and academic learning to improve the community; and increase their civic participation. LGM-Youth addresses all of these criteria while also creating a safe space for students to engage in meaningful dialogue about critical issues facing our communities, including topics like homelessness, racial disparity and poverty. It is this type of environment and engagement that will help our future leaders foster relationships and partnerships that create a better community for everyone.

WHO ARE THE IDEAL CANDIDATES FOR LGM-YOUTH?
The ideal applicant will have demonstrated leadership potential, be self-nominated or nominated by a parent, educator, counselor or LGM alum; be in good academic standing; and receive administrative approval from the school to participate in the six monthly sessions which occur during the school day. Up to two students from each area high school will be accepted into the class. Program participants must commit to attending each of six (6) full-day sessions (8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) between December and May and be willing to participate fully and engage with program coordinators, mentors and fellow participants.

WHY LGM–YOUTH WANTS YOU:
• You’ve got enthusiasm, energy, fresh perspective, exciting ideas;
• You have what it takes to make a difference in your community;
• Others recognize that you have the potential to be a school and/or civic leader; and
• Your hometown and the Madison area need a future leader like you!

WHY WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO PARTICIPATE IN LGM–YOUTH:
• You want the opportunity to meet Madison’s decision makers and see what makes your community tick;
• You want to check out various career opportunities;
• You want to make new friends from area high schools;
• You want to earn a prestigious, state-issued Youth Leadership Certificate;
• You want to get involved in a team project that benefits your community; and
• You want to learn valuable, life-long leadership skills.

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