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PASC News Inside This Issue News & Notes.....................2 • Candidates for Middle Level Reps Needed • Seeking Regional Reps from Districts 2-3-8-9 New Ideas Needed for Advisor Roundtables..........2 Executive Board Meeting Notes.....................................3 NASC Conference Vendor Worth Considering.............3 PASC State Charity Project Recognized Nationally........3 Advisor Get-Away Weekend with a Purpose.....................4 State Board of Education Adopts Common Curriculum for PA Schools..............4 Bullying Prevention Institute: Empowering Change...........5 Using Technology to Organize Yourself and Your Council...................................5 NASC Conference Changes to STAR Leaders..................6 Fun Fall Fundraisers ..............6 Senior Citizens Carnival........6 Act Now on Scholarship Opportunities.......................7 Leadership Workshops Create Unforgettable Experiences...........................8

Volume 35 Issue 1 September 2010

Enlighten Student Councils… Shock Your School 2010 State Conference to be held in Scranton Scranton is known as the “Electric City” and on October 7–9, the 2010 PASC State Conference will electrify students and advisors with outstanding motivational speakers. There will be opportunities to share ideas and gather materials to take back to school to kick off a great new school year! Keynote speakers are Alvin Law and Bobby Petrocelli. Alvin Law was born without arms, yet what could have become a tragic life-story did not turn out that way for him. Today, Alvin is not only a completely independent, remarkably successful professional speaker, but is also an outstanding example of how perseverance and hard work can lead to success in life. Bobby Petrocelli’s story is one of personal triumph and hope following a devastating tragedy in his life caused by a drunk driver. Bobby will share how he fought through the darkness to triumph; how he drew upon his faith and friends. He is the author of several books; including

10 Seconds Will Change Your Life Forever.

useful organization to you and your student council.

Student-Led Workshops

Conference Meals (included in registration fee)

Delegates will participate in three workshop rotations on Friday, October 8th at the Old Forge Education Complex. In addition to lunch, delegates will also attend a fourth session, which will include a motivational-media presentation

A dinner for students and advisors will be held on Thursday night in the Dining Hall of the University of Scranton prior to the opening General Session. On Friday morning, a continental breakfast for students and advisors will be served at each of the conference hotels. Friday’s lunch will be served in Pennsylvania’s “Pizza Capital,” Old Forge, PA. A dress-up dinner and dance will be held Friday evening at Genetti’s Banquet Hall. Saturday morning’s breakfast will be held at the University of Scranton, sponsored by the University’s Admissions Office.

Advisor Program Thursday afternoon, October 7th will include a mandatory advisor meeting prIor to the opening General Session. Thursday evening will include an advisor mixer and networking activity. On Friday, idea sharing during the advisor roundtables will provide tons of new ideas for new as well as for veteran advisors. Friday’s advisor luncheon will also include opportunities for advisors to share, with association board members, “What We Need from PASC.” This is your opportunity to share ideas on how to make PASC a more

Registration Information Early Bird Reservations have been coming in during the past four months. Online registration began on Wednesday, August 25th and will remain continued on page 2

News & Notes Candidates for Middle Level Representatives Needed PASC is seeking two teams each consisting of a seventh grade student and his/her Student Council advisor to serve as the Middle Level Representatives on the PASC Executive Board from January 1, 2011 to January 31, 2012. Present board members are Morgan Vallie and her advisor, Mrs. Sue Lyons from Big Spring Middle School (District 8) and Sean Todd and his advisor, Mrs. Erica Castaldo from North Pocono Middle School (District 9). Please contact Amy Kaufmann at amy_kaufmann@ with questions about the position. The job description, application, and the description of the selection process can be found at or by contacting us at Completed applications for the student and advisor must be postmarked by Friday, September 24, 2010. All the applying “teams” will be interviewed at the state conference on October 8, 2010 and two “teams” will be selected to serve.

Seeking Regional Reps from Districts 2-3-8-9 PASC is seeking schools to run for Regional Representative positions for Region A from District 2, Region B from District 3, Region D from District 9 and Region E from District 8. These positions are for a two-year term beginning January 1, 2011 and ending January 31, 2013. The election for these positions will be held during Regional Caucus Meetings at the State Conference on Saturday, October 9th at the University of Scranton. Schools wishing to self-nominate should contact their respective District Directors by Friday, September 24th to express interest and should prepare a five-minute presentation for the caucus. Students who are selected to serve as Regional Representatives must be named by the selected school by December 1, 2010. Students must be a freshman or a sophomore in September 2010 and must be willing to make a two-year commitment to PASC. Terms continue for Representatives in Regions C-F-G until January 2012. For a job description and timeline of commitments go to or contact us at


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The 2010 PASC State Conference will be hosted by schools of District 9 at the University of Scranton, October 7–9.

Conference (continued from pg. 1) open until Wednesday, September 22nd. If you did not register early bird, you may register four students and advisor(s) for the state conference. Cost is $100 per person plus a $10 transportation fee (if needed). To register online go to or www. Housing and Transportation: Advisors are reminded to visit and review the list of hotels located in Scranton and in Clarks Summit. If you have not reserved rooms as of today, please do so immediately. Note that if you will not be providing transportation for you and your students during the conference, or if you are coming on a western PA charter bus, that you will need to sign-up for transportation to and from the hotels and to all conference venues. Cost is $10 per person and must be paid for at the time you register online. For further information such as program details, schedules and directions to hotel and conference venues, please go to: or to

New Ideas Needed for Advisor Roundtables State Conference Roundtables are the quickest and best way for advisors to learn new ideas and become refreshed by old ideas offered with a new twist. Advisors who are coming to the state conference in Scranton are encouraged to volunteer to present a Roundtable on Friday afternoon, October 8th. What is needed? 1. A ten minute presentation offered four times 2. A one-page handout sharing the details of the project or tip that worked for you 3. A willingness to entertain questions and facilitate the sharing of additional ideas for 5 minutes Each presenter gets copies of the other 25–30 handouts shared during the sessions. Send an email to Kathy Coll now to volunteer at Please do so by September 24th.

Executive Board Meeting Notes The PASC Mission and Vision Statement was reviewed and goals were set under each of the six major areas for implementation in 2011 and 2012. • To offer year-round opportunities to develop and apply leadership, life skills, and civic engagement for middle level and high school students and for their advisors throughout Pennsylvania. • To disseminate information for building effective organizations • To recognize individual and school achievements • To promote community service • To provide positive enthusiastic forums for networking and sharing of ideas • To partner with state organizations that promote civic engagement. The following appointments were made: Assistant Executive Director Kathy Coll was elected to another three-year term, which will end December 31, 2013. Kathy will also continue to serve as the Trip Coordinator. Treasurer Bill Sebastian was elected for a three-year term ending December 31, 2013. Membership Coordinator Carole Kustafik was elected for another three-year term ending December 31, 2013.

NASC Conference Vendor Worth Considering Each June at the NASC Conference, vendors display products or leadership training materials, advertise assembly programs, promote service projects, and provide opportunities for student delegates beyond high school. Each year PASC NEWS tries to highlight vendors that are new or seem to fill a need in our schools. Take a look at They have many products, but one that was very popular with conference delegates was the Reversible Hooded Sweatshirt. These sweatshirts come with different embroidered logos on each side and can include school mascots, marching band, athletic teams, student council, senior class, or club logos. They are double layered, 18 oz weight, are reversible, and are available in Navy/Ash and Black/Ash with other colors available upon request. Prices seemed very reasonable to PASC delegates. For more information call 800-660-2723 or go to and check them out. Please let them know that you learned about them from PASC.

Share Your Successful Ideas Does your council have a project or activity that was particularly successful last year? Write up a short description and send it with photos to and you could find yourself featured in an upcoming issue of PASC News!

PASC Assistant Executive Director Kathy Coll (left), State President Jillian Roeske, and Executive Director Jim Finnemeyer proudly display the NASC Award of Commendation received for our state service project at the 2010 NASC Conference.

PASC State Charity Project Recognized Nationally At the NASC 2010 Conference at Cedar Grove High School in Indiana, the PASC 2009–2010 State Service Project “Four Diamonds Fund” was awarded the NASC Ardis Kyker Award of Commendation. PASC received special recognition for the Most Service Hours by any state project- a total of 180,000 hours. This is the first year that state student council organizations have been recognized by the Kyker Award. Special thanks to advisor Mike White and the students of Pennridge High School who championed this outstanding state project and to every PASC member school that participated. Congratulations also go out to the Missouri Association of Student Councils, which was recognized for having the Most Outstanding State Service Project of 2009–2010. Their work as a state association throughout the year with Special Olympics was simply incredible and something from which every state association can learn.

PASC and the Alliance The Alliance for Student Activities was founded three years ago by a group of educators and trainers who realized the need for more advocacy, resources, networking, and training to promote the value of student activities and to support activity advisors. As in the past, PASC is partnering with the Alliance to advance the cause of student activities for the 2010–2011 school year. A benefit of the PASC affiliation with the Alliance is more resources for PASC members. Your school’s membership in PASC entitles you to receive access to the Alliance’s electronic newsletters, including the monthly News of Note, and bi-monthly issues of The Advocate and In Brief. These can be accessed in the affiliate section of the Alliance website ( using the ID: 0A47E4 and the Password: advisor. The code also entitles you to a $10 discount off the price of an individual membership in the Alliance. PASC News • September 2010 • 3

“Get Your Ducks in a Row” Advisor Get-Away Weekend with a Purpose National Conference on Student Activities December 3–5, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri This weekend conference is guaranteed to be a “shot in the arm” for any advisor to student council, class government, or NHS. It is an opportunity to Learn-Share-Grow-Get Inspired. It is hosted by the Missouri Association of Student Councils and sponsored by NAWD (The National Association of Workshop Directors), Herff Jones, and Dynamx Digital. In a limited amount of space, it is hard to describe the impact this conference will have. For

classroom teachers, you will return to classes on December 6th renewed; as advisors you will be recharged and eager to work with your officers and members. You will be filled with new ideas from the Parade of Ideas sharing, prepared to tackle new projects, motivated by the keynote speakers, and maybe even more by the experience of having shared a weekend with people like yourselves…people who are excited about kids, committed to activities, who believe that you can make a significant difference in your school. How

refreshing can it get?! The conference will also include exhibits showcasing the newest activities, t-shirts, and assembly programs, a Friday afternoon pre-conference workshop focusing on student leadership at the collegiate level, and a resource store filled with books, leadership class materials, supplies and other valuable items, which our Missouri hosts have been known for nation-wide. For a schedule and conference details you must go to: www. and click on Conference Brochure A website will unfold before you that will

motivate you to book a room at the Kansas City’s Westin Crowne Center Hotel. Know that you will have friends from Pennsylvania also attending. At least 10 PASC advisors have already made their reservations. Check out Southwest Airlines for inexpensive flights to Kansas City that are still being offered this fall. Advisors, if you can find a way to get-away for your own personal growth and development, this is the conference you want to go to. Call the PASC Office at 215-280-9299 or email to talk with someone about this outstanding opportunity for teachers and advisors.

State Board of Education Adopts Common Curriculum for PA Schools By Travis Gilbert, SBE Senior Student Representative—Big Spring High School The Pennsylvania State Board of Education has been busy this summer adopting the Common Core Curriculum for the Commonwealth. The State Board of Education unanimously voted in favor of the common core standards on July 1, which sent the legislation to the Independent Regulatory Review committee, which adopted it on August 19. The common core standards are a set of changes to Chapter 4 of the Pennsylvania Public School Code, which addresses academic standards. The common core was created by the National Governor’s Association in order to have 4

better alignment of academic standards across state lines. While the movement is 100% voluntary, Pennsylvania was the 18th state to adopt the standards and sixteen additional states have followed since. The common core transition will begin this school year, with final implementation on July 1, 2013 in the mathematics and language arts sectors. Various studies comparing the common core standards to Pennsylvania’s existing standards have shown strong alignment in both content and rigor, and several stakeholder roundtables are scheduled for this fall to ensure a smooth and successful transition. The State Board of Education also welcomed Shannon Sullivan from North Allegheny

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Senior High School as the new junior student member to the State Board of Education and said farewell to Gardiner Kreglow, the past senior student member of the board. Gardiner was the first junior student member appointed to the board; he provided student input on important policy matters such as the Keystone Exam graduation requirements, common core standard alignment studies, and student health and wellness draft standards during his two-year term. The State Board of Education will meet September 15–16 in Pittsburgh. The agenda includes reports about the implementation of the Keystone Exams, common core standards, and a report about teacher effectiveness reforms.

Travis Gilbert, SBE Senior Student Representative As always, any student with concerns or questions about educational issues and policy in the Commonwealth is encouraged to contact Shannon Sullivan (ssullivan1993@gmail. com) or me (travisgilbrt@

Bullying Prevention Institute: Empowering Change in Schools Activity advisors are frequently in the forefront of efforts in schools to improve school climate. Many advisors serve on bullying prevention committees or provide input to school-wide committees. The following information is shared by PASC with member advisors as a resource to use or to share with others in your schools. The Highmark Healthy High 5 Bullying Prevention Institute was founded and is supported by the Highmark Foundation. It was created to afford professional development and educational opportunities to school personnel as part of the wide-scale implementation of the internationally recognized Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in Pennsylvania. The Olweus program is not a curriculum, but rather a school-wide approach that focuses on changing behaviors, which will lead to improved school climates and to a reduction in anti-social behaviors. The Institute provides support in the following ways: • Supports two school-based prevention programs: PA CARES (Creating an Atmosphere of Respect and Environmental Success) is implemented by individual schools. HALT! ® A Bullying Prevention Program is implemented on a district-wide level. • Plans and presents continuing education (CE) sessions, which are designed to increase the skill level of those involved in bullying prevention initiatives within the school setting. • Funds research to establish key baseline measures and continued benchmarking that will allow for analysis of the impact of investments made within Pennsylvania to prevent bullying. • Serves as a resource and a repository of information and insight on the best bullying prevention practices for school personnel, their students, and colleagues. To learn more about the Highmark Healthy High 5 Bullying Prevention Institute, visit The site includes background information on bullying, suggestions, tips, articles, and other resources useful to schools.

Using Technology to Organize Yourself and Your Council By Kyle Kaufman Need to know the best time for a meeting so you get the highest attendance possible? Then check out “When is Good” at http:// is a powerful yet simple to use online tool to send out a calendar of dates to your group, have them indicate on a website when is good for them to meet, and then you can quickly analyze the results to pick the best date. There really isn’t a more efficient way to schedule a meeting and maximize attendance. Plus, it’s free! The best way to get started is to watch the short video on their website There are two free ways to use the website. The first is to just simply create an event, color in the days or times that work for you, send out a link via email and copy down a secret code so you can access your event later. People respond, you type in your code and there you are—a visual calendar of “when is good.” The second way is to create an account where you can store multiple events and access them all at one time (rather than needing a separate code for each like the first method). This is the best option if you plan on using the service frequently. The power is in the analysis: click on a respondent’s name to see which days are good just for him or her, click on a day and see the names of the respondents who can make it, or you can simply choose the day with the most respondents. However you use, you’ll be more efficient at scheduling meetings and events.

Visit for District and Regional News The PASC web site is your source for news about PASC fall and/ or spring programs that will be held in every area of Pennsylvania. Go to the District and Region toolbar and click on to your PASC district. District Directors and student Regional Representatives post newsletters there in September, February, and April. Information on local conferences can be found there along with forms and special applications pertinent to activities in that district. Contact information for your District Director and Regional Representative is also located at that site.

Kyle Kauffman ( serves as student council advisor at South Western HS. Follow Kyle’s blog at for more tech articles. PASC News • September 2010 •


NASC Conference Changes to STAR Leaders Conference The traditional NASC national conference held each year in late June for the past 74 years is changing in 2011. The STAR Leaders National Conference will include student leaders from student councils as well as officers and members from National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society chapters. The new national conference will be hotel-based both for housing and for sessions. The first STAR Leaders Conference— STAR stands

for Students Taking Active Roles as Leaders—will be held within walking distance of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. The opening and closing general sessions are expected to involve all student and advisor delegates. Both the Student Council delegates and the NHS/NJHS delegates will each have one additional general session designed specifically around their needs and interests. There also will be separate workshops for NHS/NJHS

and for Student Council, as well as some large group sessions for all student delegates. Likewise there will be breakout sessions designed separately for Student Council advisors and NHS/NJHS advisors as well as sessions applicable for any activities advisor. Conference details are still being developed by NASSP and will be posted on and in their fall publications. The conference is scheduled to begin on Saturday, June 25 and to end at mid-day on

Monday, June 27. PASC will announce our pre-conference trip plans and cost in October. We expect that the conference registration fee will be $350. Additional costs must be added for hotel rooms, meals, and transportation to St. Louis. PASC will open its pre-trip to Student Council members and will reach out to involve NHS/ NJHS student and advisor delegates from Pennsylvania as well. Watch PASC NEWS in October for details.

Fall Fundraisers Can Be Fun With bleak financial news coming from all fronts, it’s not surprising that many councils are wondering where the funds will come from to pay for their activities this year. Try one of these fall fundraisers and you’ll soon find yourselves raking in the funds! n Harvest Hoedown. Get a square dance caller to teach

students how to square dance and have an old-fashioned hoedown. Encourage students to dress in their country finest. n Kidnap the Coach. Just prior to a big game, kidnap the coach of one of your popular sports teams. Tell the students that the coach will be returned if a certain amount of money is raised by a specified time.

n Creature Teacher Contest. Photograph teachers in Halloween costumes. Hold an election, using money as votes, to choose the “scariest” teacher. n Haunted House. Organize a haunted house for Halloween consisting of rooms decorated with scary themes. Charge admission and send small groups of people in at a time.

n Spooktacular Mixer. Host a casual dance after a football game in October. n Pie Sales. Prior to a holiday like Thanksgiving, work with a local bakery to sell pies for a percent of the profit. Take the orders in advance and deliver the pies on the day before the holiday. Excerpted from The Bucks Start Here: Fundraising for Student Activities.

Host a Carnival of Games and Crafts for Senior Citizens Looking for an activity that combines project planning practice, community interaction, and fun? The delegates of PASC’s Grove City Blue Summer Leadership Workshop have the answer for you. Each year our delegates prepare and host a carnival of games and crafts for the residents of Orchard Manor, a local assisted living and personal care facility. Each council group must create a game and a craft to do with the residents. They begin by submitting an idea for approval using a project planning form taught earlier in the week. Once approved, the students have only two days to gather supplies and carry out their creations. We only use a few major stipulations—all activities must be appropriate for people with limited mobility, supplies should be limited to what you can carry traveling on foot, and there will be no glitter usage on site. Kids are amazing! In those few short days they create flowers out of pipe cleaners and pencils, create table bowling and Jeopardy-style trivia games, make picture frames out of craft sticks and cellophane, and bond with folks from a different generation. The impact on the residents and the delegates is inspiring. Delegates consistently rate the experience at the top ranking of the activities they do throughout the week. This is a project that can very easily be carried out in your local community. For more information or ideas on how to make this work at your school, contact Rose Ann Fulena at 6

PASC News • September 2010 •


Act Now on Scholarship Opportunities

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.

United States Senate Youth Scholarship Program

Executive Director Jim Finnemeyer North Penn HS 1340 Valley Forge Road Lansdale, PA 19446 215-280-9299 215-855-0632 (Fax)

Every Pennsylvania high school principal received the Senate Youth nomination packet in late August. Applications are also available on the Pennsylvania Department of Education website and the PASC website at Each school may nominate one outstanding student leader to be considered for the scholarship. Please encourage your high school principal to help honor your own top student leader by participating in the Senate Youth Scholarship program.

Assistant Executive Director Kathy Ann Coll 174 Link Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15237 412-366-5744 PASC President Jillian Roeske Mountain View HS RR 1, Box 339 Kingsley, PA 18826

Two student delegates from each state will be chosen to receive $5,000 college scholarships and the opportunity to spend a week in Washington, D.C. (all expenses paid) with delegates from across the nation.

PASC Email:

To be eligible for the Senate Youth scholarship, a student must be a high school junior or senior and must hold an elected position in student council, class government, or regional or state officer position in a statewide organization. After being nominated by the building principal, the student must complete an application packet and submit it by October 20, 2010 (postmark).

PASC Website:

Horatio Alger Scholarships

PASC President-Elect Mariam Ahmad Altoona Area HS 1400 7th Avenue Altoona, PA 16602 PASC News Editor Lyn Fiscus Leadership Logistics

The Horatio Alger Association is accepting applications

for the Class of 2011 due no later than October 30, 2010. Please share the following information with your Guidance Department and with students that you know who fit the following criteria: The Horatio Alger Association seeks to assist students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need (under $50,000 adjusted gross family income), a good academic record, commitment to pursue a college education, and a desire to contribute to society. Within the Horatio Alger Scholarships there are three special programs of interest to PASC members: n National Scholars Program: Three Pennsylvania students will be selected to each receive a $20,000 scholarship and will be invited to the National Awards program in Washington, D.C., with 105 other students and the Association’s ten 2011 Distinguished American Award Winners in April 2011. n Franklin Scholarship Program (only for Pennsylvania seniors): The Franklin Scholars Program annually awards $10,000 to 25 students in the state of Pennsylvania. The program is designed to increase student understanding and appreciation of the contributions of Ben Franklin and Horatio Alger, Jr. Scholarship criteria are the same for other Horatio

Alger Scholarships. An additional essay on Ben Franklin is required. n NASC Scholarship: A Horatio Alger Scholarship for a student council member in an NASC and PASC member school. On the application when you see the question: How do I know about this scholarship? CLICK on NASC and then answer all of the student leader questions. These scholarships can only be applied for online: www. index.cfm Prudential Spirit of Community Awards The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program will award scholarships to students recognized for their dedication and selfless commitment to volunteerism. Eligible students must currently be in grades 5–12 and must be engaged in an act of volunteerism that has occurred, at least in part, during the 12 months prior to the application date. Programs could be done in or out of school. All middle level and high school throughout Pennsylvania will receive program information and applications in early September. Applications and information are also available at community/spirit. Please do not miss this opportunity to give outstanding young volunteers the recognition they so richly deserve. Deadline is October 30, 2010.

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Group Dynamics— Personal Organization—Project Planning—Stress Management—Team Building— Meeting Skills


tudent Leaders from across Pennsylvania converged on to four college campuses during five different sessions in July. Each PASC “Leadership Camp” was held for five to seven days, with all programs blending unique hands-on learning activities, structured idea exchanges, recreational and fun activities, all in a welcoming atmosphere unique to Pennsylvania leadership training experiences. Whether students were involved in a Blue Workshop for middle level students, a Gold Workshop for high school students, or the Advanced Gold Program for high school workshop veterans, each workshop provided an opportunity for every delegate to serve on a variety of planning committees. These assignments gave delegates the experience of planning program components such as a delegate banquet,

dance, talent show, recreational activities, final reflections, or workshop slide/video review of the week’s activities that could be enjoyed by fellow “campers”.

skills to take back to school. They developed confidence in their own abilities to overcome challenges and to solve problems.

Blue Workshop delegates planned an event for senior citizens (see article on page 6) or wrote letters to US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Advanced Gold delegates were challenged to test their determination and ability to work with others as they faced the low and high ropes courses, as well as other team-building tests at Outdoor Odyssey, an outdoor retreat center near Johnstown.

One advisor wrote of his students’ experiences,

Many delegates came to the workshops with apprehensions about attending a “Leadership Camp.” They were quickly won over by the friendly and supportive staff, by the close friendships they made in just a day or two, and by the opportunities they had to learn new

The next PASC Summer Leadership Workshops will be held in July 2011 at Grove City College, Lebanon Valley College, Susquehanna University, and the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Look for details at in January.

“Both Allie and Sam had a really great time at PASC’s Summer Leadership Camp! They couldn’t stop talking about it today (first day of school) and were very upset that they didn’t go last year to give them more time! Thank you again for such a wonderful opportunity for our students. We all really appreciate it!”

Ethics and Principles of Leadership— Meeting Skills—Motivation—Officer Training

Breaking Down the Barriers—Communications—Conflict Resolution— Finding Your Voice— Making a Presentation

Leadership Workshops Create Unforgettable Experiences