LEADS is a College Station ISD program that takes a small group of students from the 5th to the 8th grade (currently) and pulls them out from school once a month to receive leadership training in communication, people skills, grant writing, project development and more. These Ambassadors go back to their LEADS Teams on campus to create a campus project with the intent to positively affect the campus culture.
It was day two of meeting with our Ambassadors.
The nerves were a little less this time, but the concern did linger that the student's exuberance from the first meeting may have faded.
No need to worry.
The students immediately fell into engagement and interaction across campus lines. Our first activity was a team building exercise where students had to get their entire team across the room by walking on two 2x4s. It challenged them to exercise patience, persistence, balance, and communication. One student shared that balance was important because you needed to make sure you did not spread yourself too thin, and another mentioned the importance of balance in interactions with others. The importance of communication in the exercise really set the tone for the day.
Jill Butler and Bunnie Muncie of Wellborn Middle challenged our students to communicate clearly and effectively when speaking with administrators, and provided video examples of the etiquette and expectations of these meetings.
Ambassadors then were divided into four groups with one person from each campus. They had ten minutes to prepare a proposal to the "principals" (Our LEADS teacher Innovators). The issue to address- how to help students who were homeless. We wanted them to see it is a big problem- but a small thing to help can go a long way. The "Principals" questioned and proposed problems to their plan that they then went back and brainstormed, then followed up with the " principals."
We are in half days now, which means the time flies by fast- but each day is a joy to be a part of. And since it is a student leadership program- what better way to close this out than to share what some of our Ambassadors think about the program?
I teach Psychology, Sociology, World History Honors and Debate at College Station High School, as well as coach the debate team, sponsor the TED Ed Club, and I am the Lead Innovator for LEADS CSISD (A student leadership empowerment program for 5th-8th graders). I am an aspiring administrator.