Earlier this month, the Purdue Extension of Hamilton County asked Rep. Kathy Richardson and myself to talk to high school freshman leaders about government and civic engagement. This community youth leadership program called "A Chance to Serve" (ACTS) places youth on local boards and committees after participating in a series of leadership training sessions.
Each year, 30 freshmen from three high schools participate in sessions covering leadership topics such as communication and consensus building. At the end of the program, participants are selected to serve on an organization’s board that serves local youth, such as the YMCA, high school foundations and local hospital boards.
Though only freshman, these students are already dedicated leaders in their respective schools. We discussed with these bright and talented students about how they can give back to their communities as well.
It's always rewarding to work with young leaders of tomorrow, especially to inform them how local and state government works. It's important for our Hoosier youth to be civic-minded as they grow into quality leaders.
State Rep. Tony Cook