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Month: March 2018

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Community Service Program of the Month
2018 “Leaders in Impact” High School Conferenc

School: NC State University Region: SAACURH
Person in charge: Namrata Jumani Nominator: Anna Patton

Target Population: 60 Time Needed to Organize: 6 months
Number of People in Attendance: 60 Date(s) of Program: March 24, 2018
Number of People Needed to Organize: 20 Cost of Program: 1,166.63
On-Campus Population: 8500 Chapter Size: 85

Origin of Program:

Annually, the Impact Leadership Village (ILV) formerly hosted a free leadership training conference for local high school students. In support of our Village’s mission and vision to provide meaningful leadership development, the conference aimed to serve our broader community by providing local high school leaders with free experiential leadership development based on the Relational Leadership Model. Having been in their place just a few months ago, current Village members are in a powerful place to provide education for high school students who will be transitioning to college in the near future. Further, the conference also allowed prospective students to visit campus, experience campus facilities, and have a positive interaction with the NC State community. This conference became a signature service and outreach program to the local community. However, the program has been defunct for the last three years due to lack of full-time personnel to support such a large-scale program initiative. This year, however, one of the community's main strategic goals was to reinstate the conference as a service to North Carolina high school students who may not have access to experiential leadership training in their school of origin. Further, the conference incorporated a service component to demonstrate social responsibility.

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Please give a short description of the program:

The conference began with registration and check-in at 9:30a. We had volunteers directing attendees through the building to the meeting space as well as refreshments for attendees to eat and mingle after they checked in until the conference began. At the conclusion of registration, we had 40 attendees from 16 different North Carolina High Schools including 7 different counties. The conference began at 10:00a with a brief welcome address from the conference planning chair, Namrata Jumani, followed by an interactive introduction of the Impact Leadership Village, so that conference attendees had context for who was implementing the day’s events. At 10:30a, Dr. Anna L. Patton, Director of the Impact Leadership Village, lead an experiential activity to illustrate the key components of the Relational Leadership Model: purpose, ethics, inclusion, empowerment, and process. The session included breaking participants into small groups to complete a timed challenge then completing a small group reflection on how their groups did or did not use relational leadership. Following the conclusion of the introductory sessions, attendees ate lunch and were separated into their small groups, or packs, for the day, Each pack had an assigned ‘pack leader’ who was a current Village member that lead them through the day’s activities. After lunch, the three packs completed round-robin sessions on the topics of inclusion, empowerment, and ethics. At the inclusion station, packs completed a series of team builders coupled with reflective discussion to analyze the ways in which their groups demonstrated or lacked inclusion during the activities. At the empowerment station, Village members spoke about the importance of encouraging others and taking social responsibility within one’s community. At this station, attendees and Villagers worked together to create no-sew fleece blankets to donate to Project Linus, a non-profit that delivers the blankets to children in crisis such as living in a hospital due to illness. At the ethics station, a speaker from our campus leadership office lead a session on defining and evaluating different ethical models while exploring potential ethical dilemmas. After completing each of the three stations, all three packs returned to the large group where we concluded the day with a panel of Village alumni. Attendees were able to ask questions about college life, the role of leadership during college, and learn more about their time in the Village. The day ended with an ice cream social between high school attendees, current Village members, and Village alumni.

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Goals of the program:

The goals for this program were two-fold with goals for both the collegiate student leaders planning the conference as well as goals for the high school students attending the event. For each population, we developed specific learning outcomes to guide the intent, purpose, and goals of the conference experience. With the high school population in mind, we had three main goals as a result of attending the ILV High School Conference: describe key aspects of the Relational Leadership Model, engage in a social responsibility project for the local community, and build relationships with other high school leaders across Wake and Durham Counties. The goals for the high school attendee's stemmed directly from our Village's mission to "provide experiential learning opportunities which support students through developing leadership skills, academic achievement, community engagement and practical application of leadership to real-world issues." Additionally, we had a second set of goals for the Impact Village members planning the event for the high school population: practice program planning, implementation, and evaluation; demonstrate relational leadership throughout event realization; and model the impact of social responsibility. These goals challenged Villagers to apply knowledge learned throughout the year to truly embody relational leadership as we served the participants.

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Positive and lasting effects of the program:

This program had an array of positive, lasting effects. First, the conference allowed student leaders from 16 different North Carolina high school to connect with one another, who might not otherwise have had this interaction. On the post-event survey, in fact, 100% of attendees either agreed or strongly agreed that they had positive interactions with student leaders from other schools. Exposure to both NC State and the concept of Living-Learning Villages was a second major positive and lasting outcome from the conference. Multiple attendees provided responses both anecdotally and on the evaluation about how much they enjoyed the opportunity to spend the day on campus and to find out about Villages as housing options. One student sent a personal email after the conference and shared, “please keep doing the conference each year because it not only enticed be to be a part of ILV, but it also allowed me to gain a better idea of true leadership.” Finally, the conference encouraged attendees to explore leadership from a relational lens in order for future use and application. One attendee noted, “I loved this conference. I definitely learned a lot and I can’t wait to apply it at my school!”

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Short evaluation of the program:

All in all, the 2018 “Leaders in Impact” High School conference was a resounding success. We used a post-conference evaluation to assess whether or not the conference met our goals for the high school attendees, and their feedback not only met, but exceeded, our expectations. Based on conference evaluations, 100% of attendees either agreed or strongly agreed that they could identify the 5 components of the Relational Leadership Model. Further, 100% of attendees either agreed or strongly agreed that they had positive interactions with student leaders from other schools. Through the Empowerment Social Responsibility project we successfully made 61 fleece blankets to donate to Project Linus, which distributes to the blankets to children in crisis. Overall, 97.5% of all attendees either agreed or strongly agreed that they had a positive experience at the conference. Some areas of improvement for future years include adding gender pronouns to attendee and volunteer name tags, developing an accountability policy for no-show students, and balancing content between college exposure and current high school developmental needs. Additionally, future iterations of the conference can better leverage campus partnerships, such as TRIO Services, to amplify the reach and involvement of more local high schools.

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How could this program be adapted to other campuses?

This program could readily be adapted to other campuses. First, the program began with a needs assessment of which schools in proximity to campus would be best served with access to free leadership development training. Other programs may conduct needs assessment for a conference focusing on a variety of different topics such as sustainability, STEM education, or the creative arts. Additionally, our conference focused on one key age group, high school students, with recruitment targeting multiple schools. Other campuses may adapt this approach by forming a relationship with a single school or schools and working across a larger age range such as a K-5 elementary school and having a school-wide program day. Finally, we partnered with one of our Village campus partners, the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service, to deliver a deeper dive into conference content as it connected to Relational Leadership. We opted out of inviting in external partners to the event due to the additional liability it adds when working with legal minors like high school students. Other campuses, however, may utilize a different network of campus and/or community partners based on the focus of the conference theme.

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Date of entry into database: 2018-03-27 09:51:05

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