400 Students Attend Youth Leadership Conference 2015 – Leading Students to the Treasure that is
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
New Wilderness Project’s Benjie Howard and Wade Colwell-Sandoval presented BORDERLESS™, an 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
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
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.