YOUth in LEADership

posted: Friday, March 3, 2017

On Monday, February 27, the Grade 12 leadership students hosted an action packed conference which was opened to all Manitoba students in Grades 9-11, YOUth in LEADership. The students realized that we live in a society where the primary reaction is inaction and created this conference to inspire students to make a change, whether it is big or small. The Leadership program's shared values are trust, respect, communication, and open-mindedness. By using these pillars they hoped to inspire the leaders of tomorrow.

Hanna, Grade 12 student and one of the events student coordinators, had the following to say about the conference:

Our leadership class decided to organize a conference because last year we hosted the Horizon’s Leadership Conference, and were inspired by it. That is why we decided that we wanted to build our own from the ground up.

Our goal was to inspire students to make an impact in their community and to help them to develop more leadership skills. We took what we learned from the leadership certificate program (a course program offered at SJR) from the previous year and incorporated it into our breakout spaces.

We had 12 schools and 93 students attend our conference on Monday, February 27, 2017. Many of the advisors from the other schools were very impressed with our conference. I personally learnt a lot about what it means to run this size of an event and that it is extremely important to set deadlines and stay organized.

We faced a lot of unexpected challenges that tested our abilities to work together as a team, but learned that by working together we could overcome these obstacles, and as a result we all grew individually. It was a lot of work, but it payed off.