Partners in Education: Lessons in Leadership
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DE PERE - When you're in the tenth grade, it can sometimes be difficult to view yourself as a leader. But a program in Brown County is working to give students the confidence they need to make a positive impact on their communities.
Sam Bald and Emily Charneski both spent their sophomore years taking part in the Brown County Teen Leadership Program.
"The Brown County Teen Leadership Program is a program through the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, and it is an experiential-based learning program for high school sophomores in Brown County," explained Dan Terrio with the Chamber of Commerce.
During their time in the program, Sam and Emily learned the importance of working together to make a difference.
"My favorite part of the leadership program was when we did our project, which was a public service announcement. It was meant to warn teens against drinking alcohol, especially during the prom season," said Sam.
The PSA the students created aired on television stations all throughout Brown County.
"It was awesome. I did not expect what we were going to do. I thought it was going to be kind of boring.. but we learned so much, and we learned a ton of different stuff from all the leaders in our community," said Emily.
"It's really helped me, personally, become a leader. I've had lots of cool experiences, met lots of very cool people who I probably never would have met, if it wasn't for the program," Sam said.
As they prepare to enter their junior year, both students will take on different roles within the program. But they say they'll never forget the memories they made and the important lessons in leadership they learned along the way.
Right now, applications are being accepted for this school year. The leadership program is open to high school sophomores all throughout Brown County. Students can apply for the program by visiting their high school guidance counselor.