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3/30/2010 Chamber News
Youth Leadership Recognized by U.S. Chamber

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Our Chamber recently received a message from the Institute for a Competitive Workforce at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce asking about the Fargo Moorhead Chamber’s Youth Leadership program, which they say is “a perfect example of the great things chambers can do to promote excellent educational leadership training that prepares our youth for college and careers.”

The Institute’s Web site features Promising Practices in the world of workforce development. Our Chamber is proud to be featured alongside programs from throughout the country that further the Institute’s mission to promote the rigorous educational standards and effective job training systems needed to preserve the strength of America’s greatest economic resource, its workforce.

Youth Leadership was created by participants in the Chamber’s Leadership Fargo Moorhead adult program who felt teens could benefit from the same leadership capacities they were exploring. The youth program has grown to involve 60 kids from 10 area high schools, immersing them in an unmatched learning environment which reinforces the notion that communities thrive by way of servant leadership. The sophomores and juniors develop deep bonds through a five-day service tour of North Dakota or Minnesota (state varies from year-to-year), and return to Fargo Moorhead ready and energized to serve their own community.

Our Youth Leadership alumni are all the testimonial the program needs to prove its success in shaping our next generation of leaders.

*2002 graduate Greg Tehven went on to create Students Today Leaders Forever, a group of optimistic students engaged in servant leadership to create a positive life experiences for young people.

*Of the 17 planners of Fill the Dome, a youth-led food drive, ten are graduates of the program.

*Alumnus Taylor Gess has gone on to organize a regional “Youth Summit,” which takes place in Fargo and involves many rural schools. Under Gess’ leadership the summit is in its third year of success, involving more schools and students than ever before. Each summit tackles an issue facing teens today, like hunger and bullying.

Thank you for supporting the Chamber members who have supported the Youth Leadership program.

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