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400 Students Attend Youth Leadership Conference 2015 – Leading Students to the Treasure that is Education


Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) hosted the 5th annual Youth Leadership Conference on Friday, May 15, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest, in Brooklyn Park.  The annual conference united a diverse group of high school students from across the NWSISD consortium.   Students had the opportunity to participate in workshops, competitions, and a college and career fair.  


New Wilderness Project’s Benjie Howard and Wade Colwell-Sandoval presented  BORDERLESSan interactive, multimedia keynote address.  BORDERLESS™ is a vision of “creative stewardship” across intersecting societal dynamics that include race, class, identity, immigration, sexual orientation, gender, and environmental and indigenous justice. At the crossroads of folk and hip hop musical expression; the keynote engagement wove original song, spoken word and video storytelling together to engage young people in a journey beyond our cramped headspace into the endless landscape of the heart.  BORDERLESS™ is designed to empower students in their journey of deep, meaningful and passionate learning.


Student Workshops Attended:

Youth Stewardship presented by New Wilderness Project – This session highlighted students’ journeys toward understanding and sharing their personal culture and elements of their unique personal journeys.  It gave students a away to identify the diversities they bring to the community and how they can recognize and learn from the diversities of others.


Lu Lu Lemon Interview Workshop – Group interviews are the new trend from recruiting large numbers of staff.  Students learned the tips of group interviewing and how to set themselves apart and ahead of the competition.  Lu Lu Lemon performed actual interviews in hopes of finding a few new associates as well as teaching students the ins and outs of group interviews.


Communicating with Vigor – Nerita Hughes took students through the art of communicating.  How do you respond to conflict? What factors need to be considered when miscommunication happens? This workshop provided students with the proper tools to recognize, identify, and respect each others differences through a strong communication link between the sender and the receiver.


Leading by Example – Champlin Park High School students illustrated what leadership is and what leadership looks like at Champlin Park High School.  Students left this workshop with a clear understanding of how leadership groups function and how to begin a group at their own school.


College and Career Fair – Presented as a scavenger hunt; students were given a list of facts about each college, university, and career representative in attendance.  Students also received a “wish list” of questions that representatives “wish” they would ask them about their school/jobs.  Some participants included Aveda, Air National Guard, Job Corps, Girls are Powerful, Hennepin Technical College, St. Cloud State University, University of MN, Twin Cities, Minnesota State University – Mankato, College of St. Scolastica, Bemidji State University, University of St. Thomas, and more.

Step Up Mentorship Program Graduates First Class
Spring brings endings and new beginnings.  For nineteen students from across the Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) consortium, graduation happened early this year - thus ending their tenure in the Step Up Mentorship Program.

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Magnet School Awards
Congratulations to our award winning schools!

U.S. Department of Education GreenRibbon School -
  • Rockford Middle School-Center for Environmental Studies
Magnet Schools of America 2015 School of Excellence Award -
  • University Avenue Aerospace, Children’s Engineering, and Science
  • Weaver Lake Elementary: A Science, Math and Technology School
Magnet Schools of America 2015 Schools of Distinction Award -
  • Anoka Middle School for the Arts
  • Salk Middle School
  • Birch Grove Elementary School for the Arts

Upcoming Events with NWS
Upcoming Events:
Step Up Mentorship Summer Summit - June 15-19