LEAD is a success with help from EKU
LEAD Wayne County continues to flourish in its second year. LEAD-Leaders Excel Above Distinction was created in 2014 to allow gifted students the opportunity to learn more about their community and the many career options available to them once they graduate from a college/university.
The program has gone from 20 gifted students in 2014 to 25 this year. These students were selected to join the LEAD program after they submitted resumes and completed one-on-one interviews discussing their desire to become better leaders. Once chosen as LEAD representatives, the students kick-off the program by visiting the Youth Leadership Center in Wayne County-hosted by Norrie Wake. Here, they get to know one another and experience a day long adventure in leadership activities.
The LEAD program focuses on government, health, entrepreneurship, tourism and community development. LEAD visits places like COBB-a chicken manufacturing corporation, Wayne County Hospital, Thoroughbred Houseboats, Wayne County Judicial Center, and much more. LEAD students have the opportunity to interact with employees to learn more about what type of education is needed in order to have some of the careers they are witnessing. They also have the opportunity to network with community members and become mentors themselves.
At the end of the school year LEAD participants are rewarded with a trip to the EKU Challenge Course where they can put everything they’ve learned all year together in one location to experience the physical and mental challenges of being a good leader.
The LEAD program is now being sought after in Casey, Lincoln and Pulaski County.
Michelle Allen - EKU Somerset and Outreach Coordinator
Published on November 03, 2015