PASC News Inside This Issue News & Notes...................... 2 • Website Resources • National Council of Excellence Applications Due in February • PASC to Send The Advocate Thank You PASC Members and Friends............................ 2 2012 United States Senate Youth Scholars Named....... 3 Mark Your 2014 Calendar with These Summer Leadership Workshop Dates.......... 3 NASC To Hold LEAD Conference in Washington, D.C. ........................................ 4 PASC to Provide Free LEAD Conference Registration.... 4 PASC Heads to Florida for NASC Conference............... 5 A Student’s View of the NASC Conference............... 5 Deadline Extended to Apply for NASC Student Advisory Council................................... 6 Summer Workshops Boost Self Esteem............................ 7 Fun with Olympic-Style Activities...................................... 7 Student Voice and Civic Engagement........................... 8
Volume 38 Issue 4 December 2013
Student Voices Heard at U.S. Department of Education By Pat Zancolli, North Penn HS Three Pennsylvania student leaders had the unique opportunity to attend a Student Voices Session hosted by Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan in Washington, D.C., last month. On November 22, Danielle Croner, PASC President, Matt Cleaver, Interboro High School junior School Board representative, and Pat Zancolli, North Penn High School SGA president, traveled to the Department of Education with PASC Executive Director Jim Finnemeyer. The three students joined four Maryland Association of Student Councils’ officers, four students from high schools in both northern and southern Virginia, and four seniors from Georgetown University for a meeting regarding the United States Department of Education’s future plans to create a college ratings system. They also discussed ways to revise how universities are funded by the federal government. The meeting began with a discussion with Duncan’s senior staff members. During this discussion, student leaders shared what they felt
Danielle Croner, Matt Cleaver, and Pat Zancolli traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for a student voices session.
was important to keep in mind when selecting a college and also what concerns they had with the current financial aid system. After talking and deciding what things needed to be discussed in further detail, Duncan’s staff members turned the meeting over to Arne Duncan and his undersecretary, and the students were able to give him their direct input on how an online college ratings system should look and how to improve financial aid and its accessibility. The Student Voices Session was a fantastic opportunity for local student leaders to have a national impact. PASC is proud of Danielle, Matt, and Pat for participating in such an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas with educational leaders at the national level.
Jim Finnemeyer Assumes Duties As NAWD Executive Director PASC Executive Director Jim Finnemeyer assumed a new position as executive director of the National Association of Workshop Directors (NAWD) in Austin, Texas, at the organization’s annual National Conference on Student Activities on December 8.
The headquarters of NAWD has now moved from central California to suburban Philadelphia. NAWD was founded in 1973 by the late Dr. Earl Reum of Colorado, noted leadership educator and speaker. The goals of NAWD in-
clude training and providing networking opportunities for individuals who are directors and on the staffs of leadership workshops. NAWD also provides resources and training for advisors of all types of student activity organizations at the high school, middle school, and continued on page 2
News & Notes Website Resources Now Include PAL Conference Materials In late September, Terri Johnson, Missouri Association of Student Councils Executive Director and featured presenter for the PASC-sponsored PAL Conferences, shared materials on Finish Strong. Finish Strong focuses on steps to take working with student leaders, faculty members, and administrators to create positive school climates throughout a school district. Working with high school students the Finish Strong program reaches out to elementary schools and middle schools within the district to build a dynamic and positive paradigm shift. Materials now being posted on the PASC website under the Resources tab will allow both those who attended the PAL Conferences and other PASC member schools to adopt the Finish Strong model in full or in part. Click on Resources at www.pasc.net.
National Council of Excellence Applications Due in February It is time for your student council members to organize information on projects, minutes and agendas of meetings, and other information that can be used to support the council’s application to NASC as a National Council of Excellence for 2013. Many PASC member councils have done many outstanding things since January 1, 2013. PASC would like to encourage all councils to apply for this prestigious award. Details on the application process and the appropriate forms can be found at www.nasc.us. The application, based on the council’s accomplishments for calendar year 2013, is due to NASC on February 15, 2014.
PASC to Send The Advocate Beginning this month, PASC will send The Advocate newsletter, created by the Alliance for Student Activities, to PASC member advisors. The goal of the Alliance is to promote the value of involvement in student activities to educators, school boards, administrators, and legislators. The Alliance advocates that the student activities program is the missing link in the educational reform movement of the 21st Century. The Advocate will provide examples of the impact that studsent activities are successfully having in schools and communities across the nation. PASC has partnered with the Alliance in support of our joint goals. It is hoped that PASC member advisors will gain new ideas to use in their own schools and will be encouraged by the examples that will be shared. 2
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Thank You PASC Members and Friends By Jim Finnemeyer, PASC Executive Director The PASC State Conference weekend at Boyertown High School was an awesome event. Thank you, Boyertown students, advisors, administration, and community. To say the least, the conference was filled with an incredible series of surprises for me. With my tenure with PASC ending on March 1, there are so many more things to do. I really did not give a great deal of thought to the fact that, in my role as executive director, this was my last PASC State Conference. That all changed on Thursday night when Andy Costanzo interrupted my opening remarks and presented me with a Treasure Chest filled with the nicest notes and letters from so many present student council members and advisors, as well as former students and advisors with whom I have worked over the past 37 years. Added to that were the notes from so many friends across the country. With that having occurred, I again put aside any thought of recognition until NASC Executive Director Ann Postlewaite tapped me on the shoulder at the banquet on Friday evening. Another shock! Her kind remarks, along with those by Christian Hodges, NASC Region 2 Student Rep from Maryland, and Lou Miller, executive director from New Jersey and NASC Region 2 Adult Rep, were touching. More surprises came during the General Session on Saturday morning with the slide show created by Kathy and Edward Coll highlighting my 37 years as executive director. Then, one more BIG surprise—the presentation of the quilt and pillows made from PASC t-shirts collected over the years from state conference, national conferences, and summer workshops. What a beautiful gift made by PASC website coordinator, Dotty Noll. I will save my final remarks to PASC until the February PASC NEWS, but know that I truly appreciate the creativity and thoughtfulness of each and every one of you.
2013 United States Senate Youth Scholars Named Senators Robert Casey and Pat Toomey have announced the selection of Stanley Marciniak III and Xiomara Salazar as the Pennsylvania delegates to the 52nd Annual United States Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C. Stan and Xiomara were named following recommendation from the US Senate Youth Scholarship Selection Committee. n Stan Marciniak, a
resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has served as class president for four years at North Hills High School (District 3). He also is student representative to the school board and president of the National Honor Society. Stan is involved with both Stan Marciniak Special Olympics Bowling and Track and Field. In addition, he volunteers with Make-AWish, at clothing drives for homeless, and for the Backpack Initiative, providing food for the weekends to hungry students in need. Stan plans to major in political science.
n Xiomara Salazar is
Student Council representative at Berwick High School (District 7). In addition to student council, Xiomara is active in NHS, FBLA, yearbook, Model UN Club (president), and SADD (president). Two community service activities that are important to Xiomara are Xiomara Salazar Prom Project, which collects and redistributes prom dresses free to students in need, and Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) in which 12 high school leaders are charged with deciding how $20,000 annually provided by the school district should be given to worthy K–12 educational projects. Xiomara’s goal is to become an immigration lawyer. Stan and Xiomara will each receive $5,000 scholarships and will attend a program in Washington in March sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Two additional state finalists, Danielle Croner of Boyertown High School (District 13) and Brandon Posner of Central Bucks East High School (District 12) were named as alternates for the program.
Mark Your 2014 Calendar with These Summer Leadership Workshop Dates PASC will establish the registration cost for the 2014 summer programs at its meeting in mid-January. Share these dates with underclass members of your student council, class governments, NHS, and other student organizations so that they may plan now for a week of learning, fun, and personal growth this summer. Blue workshops are for middle level students in grades 7–9 while Gold workshops are for high school students in grades 9–12 (2014–2015 school year). A registration for a PASC Summer Leadership Workshopscan make a great Christmas or holiday gift. Please note the following dates and locations and begin planning now for students to attend in July. Blue (Grades 7–9) Grove City College Alvernia University Gold (Grades 9–12) Grove City College Susquehanna University Advanced Gold (Grades 11–12) University of Pittsburgh/Johnstown
July 13–17 July 27–31 July 20–25 July 27–Aug 1 July 13–19
NAWD from pg. 1 elementary levels. NAWD is a strong advocacy group highlighting the value of student activities within the educational programs of schools across the nation. NAWD partners with the Alliance for Student Activities, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and other leading educational organizations. NAWD holds its annual gathering as the National Conference on Student Activities each year on the first weekend of December. The location of the NCSA meeting rotates among cities in the eastern, central, and western United States. PASC has been a longtime supporter of NAWD and the NCSA, hosting conferences in Washington, D.C. (1982), Philadelphia (1989), Pittsburgh (1998), and again in Washington, D.C. jointly with the Maryland Association of Student Councils (2006).
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NASC to Hold LEAD Conference in Washington, DC NASC will sponsor a LEAD Conference at a familiar site to PASC member schools the weekend of January 31–February 2, 2014. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia (near the Pentagon). The LEAD Conference is designed for student council and National Honor Society members in grades 6–12 with special program strands for middle level students, high school students, and advisors. These exciting and rewarding weekend meetings are designed to encourage interstate communication among student leaders and advisers, to strengthen leadership skills, and to prepare those attending for leadership roles on the local, state, and regional levels. To register, Go to www. LEADConferences.org, choose the site of the conference you wish to attend, then click on the registration information link. Deadline to register online at the member school early-bird rate ($195) is January 13, 2014. Regular registration deadline: January 21, 2014 with a registration fee of ($215).
Schedule The conference begins on Friday afternoon and ends on Sunday morning.
Friday: 3:00–6:30 Registration 7:00–8:45
General Session with Keynote Speaker: Scott Greenberg
9:00–10:30 Interactive Programs for Students and Advisors Saturday: 7:30–4:00 Breakfast, Second General Session: Camfel Productions, Workshops for Students and Advisors, Large Group Workshops, and Leadership Training 4:30–7:30 Dinner On-YourOwn 8:00–10:00 Third General Session with Keystone Speaker: Brodie Kaster Sunday: 7:30–8:30 Breakfast 8:45–10:45 Closing General Session with Keynote Speaker: Andy Thibodeau 10:45–Noon Departure Speakers: Scott Greensburg www.scottgreenburg.com Brodie Kaster www.brodiekaster.com Andy Thibodeau www.andypresentations.com
PASC to Provide a Free Registration to a LEAD Conference for a PASC Member Advisor PASC was very lucky when Executive Director Jim Finnemeyer won a drawing during the recent National Conference on Student Activities for a free registration for a 2014 NASC LEAD Conference. This registration can be applied for the program in Washington, D.C. ( January 31–February 2), Chicago, Illinois (February 14–16), or Phoenix, Arizona (November 8–10). To be considered for the free registration PASC advisors are asked to do the following: 1.
Send an email to PASCInfo@aol.com by January 2, 2014
Include the advisor’s name, school, email address, and phone number
PASC NEWS is published monthly during the school year. To submit announcements, articles, or corrections for newsletters, please email the Executive Director or Assistant Executive Director. Articles or information from PASC NEWS may be reproduced for use, with appropriate credit. Executive Director Jim Finnemeyer North Penn HS 1340 Valley Forge Road Lansdale, PA 19446 215-280-9299 215-855-0632 (Fax) Finnemeyer@aol.com PASCInfo@aol.com Assistant Executive Director Kathy Ann Coll 174 Link Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15237 412-366-5744 Kcoll1@comcast.net PASC President Danielle Croner Boyertown High School 120 N. Monroe Street Boyertown, PA 19512 PASC President-Elect Courtney Detwiler Altoona High School 1415 6th Avenue Altoona, PA 16602 PASC News Editor Lyn Fiscus Leadership Logistics
3. In fewer than 100 words, write why you want to attend and how your attendance will benefit your school.
PASC Email: PASCInfo@aol.com
The “essays” will be read and 10 entries will be selected to be part of a random drawing on January 4. The winner and all participants will be notified by email on January 4. The winner will then complete his or her LEAD registration and PASC will notify NASC regarding who will have the free registration. Good luck advisors, this is a great opportunity to see what a great program LEAD is for both students and advisors.
PASC Website: www.pasc.net
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PASC Heads to Florida for NASC Conference “Aye, mate!” chart your course for Orlando, Florida, and come along on the voyage to “Discover the Treasures of Leadership” at the 2014 NASC National Conference. From June 27–29, we drop anchor at Ocoee High School, host of the 2014 conference. On June 25, students and advisors from all over PA will head south to Orlando until Monday, June 30. Travelers will depart from either the Pittsburgh or Philadelphia Airports and head to the amazing Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, located in the Walt Disney World® Resort. The Hilton Orlando is an Official Walt Disney World® Hotel and is ideally situated next to the Downtown Disney® Marketplace, Downtown Disney® West Side, and Cirque du Soleil®. PASC squads, composed of advisors and students, will begin their adventure as soon as the planes touch down in Orlando, as we head to “the moon.” Okay, only virtually as we take a trip to the Kennedy Space Center and tour the NASA facility and Apollo/ Saturn V Center to see rockets and their launch pads and enjoy a shuttle launch experience. The Magic Kingdom and Epcot are on the agenda next, as we visit Walt Disney World, which covers an area twice the size of New York’s Manhattan. There will be plenty of rides mixed with a dose of Disney characters, storytelling, and thrilling roller coasters. At Epcot, there will be lots of different countries to immerse in food, shopping, and culture. We will try to fit in some time in a water park for sun and adventure. On Saturday, the real adventure starts as we join fellow conference delegates from across America to head to Ocoee High School
and the excitement of the NASC Conference. Continue to check out www.NASC.us for more details about the actual conference schedule and programs. Sunday evening will be spent with all the students and advisors of Region 2 (NY, NJ, MD, and DE) for a fun-filled final night at Dave and Busters. Our delegation will leave the “magic,” the friends and the excitement of the Orlando conference as we journey home to PA on Monday, June 30. The total fee for the trip and conference is $1,400. This will include all transportation (plane and bussing), registration fee for the conference, hotel stay at a Disney resort, all entertainment including entrance fees to the Disney properties and to the Kennedy Space Center, meals (except lunches on pre-trip), chaperones, a special Region 2 activity on Sunday night at Dave and Busters, buttons, and state and region shirts. All the current information and registration process is online at PASC.net. This PASC reservation form and $500 non-refundable deposit are due by February 15, 2014. Delegates will be notified when to register on the NASC site and the details on how to do it. Present your student council workshop at an NASC conference to students from all over the country! What an honor and all details and forms are available on the PASC.net website under PASC trip to NASC conference. All applications for presenters need to be sent to Kathy Coll, PASC Trip Coordinator by February 1, so watch that deadline! Make PASC and the NASC experience a part of your summer! For questions, contact Kathy Coll at email@example.com
A Student’s View of the NASC Conference By Maura Gouak I traveled across the country last summer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Las Vegas, Nevada to join delegates from across the country at the NASC national conference. The second I walked into the room filled with other students just like me, I couldn’t help but to be myself. If you want to be
a part of something larger than yourself and larger than your student council, you should attend the NASC Conference. While at the National Conference we had the opportunity to witness amazing speakers. The first day there we were introduced to the speaker Phil Boyte. Phil talked about understanding one another
and about remembering each other’s names. He told us he knows we will forget people’s names and we just need stop and say “Hi!” Later that night, the students heard Jason Hewlett speak. Jason Hewlett was one of my favorite speakers. He was funny and connected to the audience. He talked to us about what
makes us unique and different to other people. Jason has his own unique talents, which he displayed very well. On the second day of the conference, we listened to John Beede talk about climbing on. John talked about his trek up Mount Everest and the struggles he faced. We all have our own mountains and struggles. Following continued on page 6
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Deadline Extended to Apply for NASC Student Advisory Council In mid-November the National Association of Student Councils announced it will once again have eight student positions on the NASC Advisory Council. For the past several years only half the regions had a representative at one time. Under the old system, Region 2 (DE, MD, NJ, NY, and PA) would not have a student representative on the Advisory Council beginning July 1, 2014 when present representative Christian Hodges’ two-year term comes to an end. The inclusion on the Advisory Council of students from all eight regions has changed the expectations of and job description for the student nominee that PASC will select for this position.
programs as requested. d. Assist NASC staff as called upon during the NASC National Conference e. Members may be asked to attend other meetings or conferences in which student input is needed. NASC covers expenses for all required meetings. 7. If the Pennsylvania nominee is selected for this position, he or she also will be invited to attend three PASC Executive Board meetings and the PASC State Conference each year of the term to make reports to PASC. Transportation, meals, and accommodations for meetings will be paid for by PASC.
Duties of Student Representative
The job description published in PASC News in October consisted of items 1–5 below. With the expansion of this position, items 6 and 7 have been added to the job description. This student will:
The student representative on the NASC Advisory Council must: 1. Be enrolled in a secondary school that is a member of NASC and PASC. 2. Be a sophomore or freshman at the time of selection. (March 2014) 3. Be able to attend the Executive Board meeting for an interview at Altoona HS on March 7, 2014 4. Be able to attend NASC Region 2 Selection interviews in April in New Jersey.
1. Serve from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016. 2. Foster communication among the state presidents and executive directors of the Middle Atlantic states. 3. Communicate student ideas and concerns from the states of Region 2 with student representatives serving on the NASC Advisory Council. 4. Assist with planning the annual April meeting of Region 2 state officers and executive directors. 5. Foster the sharing of ideas and projects among the state organizations of Region 2. 6. The student will be required to attend NASC Advisory Council meetings in Reston, Virginia, in January 2015 and January 2016, as well as the NASC Conference in June 2014, June 2015, and June 2016. The student may also be required to attend an NASC LEAD Conference in 2015 and 2016. In this role the student Advisory Council members will be asked to do the following: a. Identify and bring forth student council-related issues, topics and concerns to NASC. b. Provide critical review, feedback, and recommendations on issues, topics, or concerns as requested by the NASSP Board and staff. c. Provide periodic review and recommend revisions or enhancements to NASC Awards 6
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PASC Process PASC is beginning the process of naming a Pennsylvania nominee for this position. Present freshman and sophomores may apply. The following is the PASC application process. 1. Download information and an application at www.pasc.net. 2. Submit the application online at www.pasc. net or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline of February 10, 2014. 3. The applications will be reviewed and three finalists selected. Students will be notified by February 24, 2014. 4. The three finalists will be interviewed by the NASC Relations Committee on Friday, March 7, 2014, at Altoona Area HS. 5. The PASC nominee will be interviewed at the NASC Region 2 State Officers meeting in New Jersey on Saturday, April 26, 2014, with other nominees from NASC Region 2 states.
PASC delegates to the 2013 NASC National Conference Mallory Mokay and Maura Gouak visit with speaker Jason Hewlett and his son.
A Student’s View of NASC from pg. 5 John, our Bob Tryanski (former PASC Regional Rep) talked a little about himself before he started the “Illumination,” which is something so amazing to just see and be a part of. The last day, we heard from Amy Gallimore. She was one of my favorites. She was funny, relatable, engaging, and kept my attention. Throughout the conference, we attended workshops and speaker. During the speaker showcase, students heard different speakers in much smaller-sized groups, which allowed us to get to know the speakers and do breakout activities. Several could be considered for PASC district and state conferences. I thoroughly enjoyed attending the NASC Conference. I am hoping that next June we will get an even larger group from Pennsylvania to attend the conference in Orlando, Florida!
Summer Workshops Boost Self Esteem By Elizabeth Bina, Region G Rep, Bangor HS Sixty-seven spectacular students from across the state of Pennsylvania attended the Advanced Gold Summer Workshop at PittJohnstown this past July. While in attendance at this workshop, delegates garnered amazing leadership and life skills and encountered situations that helped shape them into the fantastic people they are today. Unfortunately, not every student in the Keystone state has the chance to spend a week with fellow leaders. Therefore, PASC would like to share a few tips from its workshop with the readers of PASC News. Any student, advisor, or observer who has attended a PASC event can attest to the positive and supportive atmosphere. Students are free to speak their minds without fear of criticism and mockery. What an ideal world it would be if PASC existed everywhere; sadly, this is not the case. Students, each day, are placed in situations where they feel insignificant, inadequate, or worthless. It is the responsibility of those who have the resources to alter the lives of those who suffer with despair. Before a person can help improve the morale of a group around them, he or she must first turn the focus inward. To seek a better self-esteem, one can borrow tips from Romayne Schwartzel’s workshop entitled, “Boosted…making yourself and everyone else feel better.” The first step is reminding one’s self of a few basic, but often ignored principles: • Everybody does not have to love everyone. • Everyone makes mistakes. • Each person is responsible for his or her day. • Everybody is capable. • Everyone can change. • It is impossible to control everything—and that is okay.
After reviewing these tips, it helps to write down personal shortcomings. After making a small list, one can rank the shortcomings in order of importance. Then, the person can focus on the number one shortcoming. It is easier to improve overall self-esteem by focusing on bad habits one at a time, starting with the most obtrusive problem. Other questions for self-examination include: • If dreams were for sale, what would you buy? • When you think of yourself, what comes to mind? • Do you have self-discipline? Do you give up too quickly? Once a leader has examined his or her self-esteem tendencies, he or she is able to tackle self-esteem problems in a large group setting—the school. Each student in the school has the right to feel respected, valued, and needed. It is possible to attain these goals by instituting random acts of kindness. At North Penn High School, the name of each student who attends the school is placed around the building. Students feel included because they find enjoyment in seeing their name on the wall. Other high schools celebrate student birthdays by administering “shout-outs” on the morning announcements, delivering lollipops to homerooms, or providing a sheet cake for the students and staff who have celebrated their birthday that month. A red carpet can be rolled out on the first day of school to provide an interesting welcome for the student body. These ideas are just a few of many that make students feel loved and welcomed by their school environment. The key in building a solid school atmosphere is focusing on one’s self first and then shifting focus to the rest of the school. By borrowing tips from Romayne’s workshop, one can put a positive spin on the school year and create an environment where each student can look forward to attending school.
“Every day, try to help someone who can’t reciprocate your kindness,” —John Wooden
Fun with Olympic-Style Activities The world’s attention will be focused on Sochi in February as the Winter Olympics get underway. Build on the excitement of the Olympic games by incorporating them into your winter spirit week activities. Consider some of the following ideas as you make your plans. n Olympic rings mixer. Find or create a large picture of the Olympic rings, then draw a pattern on it to create
a jigsaw puzzle with many pieces. Duplicate the picture as many times as needed for the number of students in your school. Glue each picture onto a different colored sheet of construction paper, then cut the pictures into pieces and distribute one piece to every student in the school. Offer a prize to the first five groups to piece all the pieces together into a complete image.
n Parade of athletes. During a pep rally, have the winter sports athletes parade in uniform through the gym doors and around the gym while the Olympic fanfare music is playing. Have each team carry a banner that represents their team and has all the players signatures on it. n Olympic torch maze. Have a relay race through a maze with participants carrying a pa-
per torch made to look like the Olympic torch that they pass from one person to the next. n Mascot madness. Make copies of the Winter Olympics mascot and hide some around school. Offer prizes to those who find the hidden mascots. n Warm fuzzy drive. Collect warm clothing items during the Olympics and donate them to a shelter in your community.
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Student Voice & Civic Engagement
Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils 16th Annual Student Summit in Harrisburg
PASC is inviting Pennsylvania high schools to send four students to Harrisburg on Thursday, February 20, 2014 for a Student Summit on Personal and Organizational Advocacy. The summit will focus on these objectives: • • •
These students should have an awareness of and an interest in school, community, state and national issues. The selection of the four students does not need to be limited to Student Council leaders but could also include interested students from National Honor Society, class government, and your school’s Social Studies department. The Summit process is designed around these components: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
What advocacy is and why it is important How to determine what students should advocate both at a personal and organization level How to advocate by mobilizing others in the school and community and by utilizing resources
Research on a local, state, or national issue of interest prior to the Summit Presentation on advocacy and how it can be implemented via student organizations Coaching by a team of recent college graduates who specialize in advocacy Development of advocacy action plans by student participants Presentation of student advocacy action plans Refinement of student action plans based on feedback during presentations Student participants would also be encouraged to make presentations to other student organizations in their schools.
The entire program will take place within the Capitol in Harrisburg. There is no cost to the students or to the faculty sponsor or parent who accompany students to Harrisburg other than the cost of lunch, which is on your own at the many options around the capitol.
Applications will be available at PASC.net and are due by February 1, 2014. As part of the application process, students will need to select from one of these categories: local, state or national issues. Students must submit a brief description of an issue that they feel deserves greater attention or a new perspective. This will serve as the foundation for the advocacy plan that students will develop at the Summit.
If you have any questions about this opportunity for your high school students, please do not hesitate to email us at PASCyouthsummit@aol.com or call Nancy Brady at 610-775-0682.
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