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The Leadership U Challenge for High School Sophomores

Leadership U is a unique opportunity for high school sophomores to develop leadership skills, through teambuilding and hands-on learning activities.

Lots of high school students learn leadership skills through school programs - sports, music, drama or academics. But there's another way to step outside your own school and learn about the bigger community you live in - it's called Leadership U, and it's open to all high school sophomores who live in Howard County

Whether you go to public or private school, or even if you're home schooled, you're eligible to apply to Leadership U. What is it? Well, here's what Leadership U is NOT: it's not camp, and it's not graded; it's not a competition. It IS an amazing opportunity to learn more about what goes on in the community around you. 

In a week-long summer session, July 21 - 26, 50 Leadership U students will get to know each other through a challenging high-ropes course, and games that teach cooperation and trust. You will meet people who explain how important things work - what happens when you go to the hospital, what do senior citizens do, what happens when (or if) you go to court? What happens when someone calls 911, and what does the detention center look like? More importantly, you begin to understand what you can do to make a difference in the community you live in. 

You learn that you can reach out to people with special needs and challenges; you can honor veterans, you can help people who are old, or sick or poor. You can teach young children how to be healthy or you can help the environment. These are just a few of the community service projects created by Leadership U students over the years.

What's more, you'll meet people from different schools and neighborhoods and you'll learn to work together as team members. You'll learn to appreciate people from different backgrounds, and you'll meet adults who are invested in helping your team succeed. By the time you graduate in December of your junior year, you'll have great stories to add to your college applications, and interests to follow you might not have known were possible.

Interested in learning more? Visit the website for information and an application.

Application deadline: Friday, March 8 at 4 p.m.

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