ERIC Number: ED212456
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Mar-19
Reference Count: N/A
Leadership for Service-Learning: The National Leadership Conference.
Kielsmeier, James C.
The central theme of the 10-day National Leadership Conference (NLC), sponsored by the American Youth Foundation at Camp Miniwanca (Michigan), is to train high school students in leadership for service; its goal is to sharpen service-learning leadership skills of young people and teachers and to encourage their application to transform and serve society. Program goals are worked on through a carefully designed program featuring five distinct elements. A high intensity orientation involves small group activity, outdoor adventure challenges, and small group problem solving. Carefully structured learning experiences consist of seminars with a basic theme related to service-learning, an experience with the particular theme, and exercises to aid in reflection/application or personalization of the lessons learned. Two-hour seminars on a variety of topics are offered during the first half of NLC for the purpose of exposing students to new ideas, options, and skills. Pursuits-of-excellence activities allow students to pursue areas of interest. Learning activities are synthesized through discussions, marathons, banquets, and closing ceremonies. City groups meet toward the end of NLC to brainstorm how they will apply their new leadership skills to school and community service projects. There are also special training conferences for accompanying teachers. (CM)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Change Strategies, Discovery Learning, High School Students, Leadership Training, Outdoor Education, Program Design, Resident Camp Programs, Secondary Education, Self Actualization, Service Learning, Skill Development, Social Experience, Student Development, Student Leadership, Summer Programs, Teacher Participation, Urban Youth, Volunteer Training
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Youth Foundation, St. Louis, MO.