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“We the [young] people”

Today and Tomorrows Leaders March 27, 2012

Blake Soper | Public Achievement


Dalton Newcomer (pictured to the left) of T.C. Cherry Elementary School types the manuscript for a play. Michelle Stewart (pictured to the left), a 4th grader, listens as coach provides guidance. She’Ron Draper (pictured below) facilitates the roles given to each goup member.

“Leadership is being able to stand out in a crowd” --Meghan Cherry

Tyler Williams (pictured to the left) makes a power map of contacts. Nikki Lewis (pictured to the right) takes note of key concepts for her group.


Public Achievement | Blake Soper

March 27, 2012

Leslie Green (pictured above) recites The Pledge of Alligence for the class. Nikki Lewis and Dalton Newcomer (pictured to the left) state their opinions to their group. Joe Starks (pictured below) guides students through strategies in order to take their project to the next level.

Breaking Free of Traditional Leadership Roles Leadership means different things to different people. It is most often connected to the idea of a positional leader, which is someone who has controls of resources, has public authority and recognition. It can also be someone who can direct or inspire others to do things. However, Public Achievement urges the development of leadership democratically. In other words, every team should develop leadership skills through their team’s work. The development of Leadership skills through teamwork combines a focus on the process and the products of public work. Leaders in public work are many different kinds of people with different talents and capacities who bring others together to create things of use and beauty.

March 27, 2012

Blake Soper | Public Achievement


Maggie Smith (pictured to the left), a 4th grader, answers question for fellow classmates after her presentation. Laura Green (pictured to the right) of Bowling Green is showing fellow classmates of possible ideas for group project. Devon Johnson (pictured below) helps demonstrate an activity for fellow classmates.

As a team member, approach leadership as a process and facilitate the development of leadership skills throughout your team. Challenge every team member to lead meetings, mediate conflict, and build a spirit of community and teamwork. Naturally, by taking leadership roles, they will encourage others to do the same. When people, specifically young people, help to build something, they experience it as their own. Volunteering for a specific job and then doing it


empowers individuals to gain a sense of authority, have confidence to act, and be motivated to learn. Their work allows them to “put their signature” on the face of the community.

• Maintaining focus • Making presentations • Learning new things or ideas • Writing a letter to a public official or company

Here is a sample of leadership skills: • Taking initiative • Stepping back to let others lead • Stating one’s opinion • Facilitating meetings or activities • Helping others to work as a group

Individual leaders will naturally emerge within your group. Reinforce the fact that everyone has a part and everyone’s talents are needed. If we want a democratic society now and in the future, we must cultivate their leadership skills for the public.

Public Achievement | Blake Soper

March 27, 2012

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