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Leadership Loudoun Youth Class of 2010:

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The "Listening to Youth" activity on Day 5 of the Leadership Loudoun Youth Class of 2010 was youth-driven and youth-led.  The class addressed the top youth issues identified by the LLY2010 application process (Drug/Alcohol Abuse; Peer Pressure/Competitive Pressure; College Pressure/High Expectations of Success; School Improvement):

bulletSUBSTANCE ABUSE
bulletCOLLEGE PRESSURE
bulletSCHOOL IMPROVEMENT

 

As current and emerging leaders, the members of the Leadership Loudoun Youth Class of 2010 were encouraged to continue to build their life experience and leadership toolbox / brand; specifically, leadership attributes, characteristics, competencies, qualities, skills, and traits --> behaviors; "Leadership is...influencing people"; "You must first lead yourself before you can lead others"; "Be a leader among leaders"; "Give Back" and "Pay It Forward"; "LEADERSHIP --> ACTION"; "ACTIONS speak Leadership LOUDounER than words."

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SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Problems

bulletEasy access
bulletParents turning blind eye / parental influence
bulletBOREDOM
bulletWatered-down drug education too early
bulletUninformed teachers / lax administration
bulletAdvertising to younger crowds
bulletApathy: people don’t care anymore

Solutions

bulletStart drug education later (7th grade)
bulletParental education
bulletScare tactics / intimidation
bulletYouth-driven programs
bulletReduce feelings of invincibility
bulletGood role models
bulletTeach teens how to lead so they can run activities
bulletCOOL T-SHIRTS! :D

 

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COLLEGE PRESSURE

Problems

bulletColleges expect too much
bulletSports
bulletMusic
bulletVolunteer activities
bulletHigh SAT/ACT scores
bulletAPs
bulletDifficulty in selecting a school
bulletCollege is expensive
bulletPressure from parents
bulletLack of guidance

Solutions

bulletDon't Stress
bulletDo your best
bulletVisit colleges
bulletResearch the college process/colleges earlier
bulletTalk to your guidance counselor
bulletGet involved in your school AND community
bulletLocate and run for leadership positions

 

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SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT

bulletInclusiveness
bulletSchool spirit
bulletPep rallies
bulletMore clubs – varied interests
bulletMore after school activities
bulletKey Club announcements
bulletUpgrades
bulletSome schools require improved facilities
bulletBudget cuts
bulletBetter distribution of funds
bulletLower cost of parking passes
bulletNo more athletic fees
bulletUnlimited fundraisers
bulletCourtyards
bulletSchool System Issues
bulletBetter time management of material for standardized tests
bulletSchool should be let out after APs & SOLs are taken – budget saver
bulletTeacher availability for help
bulletMore time slots for classes (especially electives)
bulletInter-school meetings county-wide to discuss problems & benefits
bullet*****Leverage YAC – perhaps new committee for inter-school communication, networking, collaboration, +/Delta
bulletCounty-wide mentoring program between high school leaders and middle school kids for leadership
bulletCharacter awards for all school levels
bulletTraining day for teachers about Promethean boards and teacher web sites

 

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