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Summer Program Aids Transition From Middle School to High School

BOONE—A new character-based youth leadership program, The Emerging Leaders Institute, will be held this summer on the Appalachian State University campus.

The institute, open to all rising 8th and 9th grade students, is sponsored by Lead for Life Youth. Sessions will be held July 3-8 and July 10-15. Cost is $675 per person, which covers all instruction, teambuilding activities, room and board on campus, planned

recreation, limited accident insurance coverage and a program T-shirt.

The deadline for enrollment in either session is June 13. For more information, contact the Office of Conferences and Institutes at Appalachian at (828) 262-2944 or Tom Westall, program director, at (704) 948-3478.

Participants will gain an understanding of what it means to be a leader of character through a series of high-energy learning experiences. These include building self-confidence and trust in others through outdoor activities and team problem-solving, exploring real life issues with student leaders and learning the rewards of giving back through community service projects.

The program will focus on the leadership model from the book “The 12 Leadership Principles of Dean Smith” written by Dr. David Chadwick. It is based on Chadwick’s experiences as a Carolina basketball player for Smith in the early 1970s. Smith’s core values emphasize the importance of putting people, teamwork and personal integrity first in making life’s important choices.

“Educators and parents are aware of the critical importance of a successful transition from middle school to high school,” says Chadwick, co-founder of Lead for Life Youth. “This is a high-risk period for teenagers academically, socially and emotionally. This week-long learning experience will provide a solid foundation in character and leadership to help prepare young people to make that transition.”