Today's Teens

Tomorrow's Leaders

A Youth Leadership Training Course Instructor's Manual for High Schools, Middle Schools and Youth Groups

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Some teens came to the summer Leadership Camp, wanting to learn the leadership skills that would help them become leaders in their schools – others came because their parents wanted them to learn leadership skills. They didn't know what to expect.

Some thought it would be a week of boring lectures. Instead, after the week long program of exciting and fun student leadership activities, they left, not only with leadership skills, but also with leadership confidence and a determination to take an active role at their schools.


This first youth leadership training course was part of Greenhill School’s Summer on the Hill Program, and then, Southern Methodist University's Youth Summer Program. This one-week youth- leadership skills for teenagers - training program was unique because it was lead by two corporate trainers rather than teachers at the school. The bonus was that the students received the same type of training that is provided for successful adult leaders in corporate America.


Amy Harris of SmallByte Workshops, and Harriet Meyerson of The Confidence Center, both Dallas, Texas training and consulting firms, created the week-long student leadership training for the teenagers in middle and high school. “Leaders have to be able to create a vision and mobilize their followers to carry it out,” said Harris.


Presentation skills

Presentation skills are essential to leadership, and during the week the students had several opportunities to give extemporaneous speeches while they practiced the persuasive skills of eye contact, movement, and vocal variety.

Planning & Teambuilding Skills

Students also had several opportunities to practice teambuilding activities. In one teambuilding exercise they pretended they were students at a new school. Their task was to choose the school name, motto, colors, and mascot for the school as well as create plans for an October school event. After brainstorming for ideas, instead of the usual Halloween party, the event they chose was an international carnival with booths and food from different countries, and an international dance in the school gym.

Building Trust

“Without trust, a leader won’t have any followers,” explained Amy Harris as she prepared a team exercise in creating trust.

The exercise required some of the students to coach their blindfolded team members through a fake swamp without being eaten by (plastic) alligators. This was one of the most favorite youth leadership activities.

Creative thinking and Innovation

“Without innovation there can be no progress,” said Meyerson who is a strong believer in individual creativity.

Brainstorming techniques taught the young student leaders how to come up with innovative ideas and develop their creativity. The workshop also included the innovative organizational skills of mind mapping and storyboarding.

Confidence Building

At a time when teens want to conform to each other, confidence-building student leadership activities helped these students become aware of their uniqueness and their own leadership qualities. Because leaders must have the courage to act in spite of their fears, Meyerson taught the teens how to use their own “Courage Experiences” to access their inner courage at any time.

Listening Skills

The youth leadership training stressed the importance of listening attentively to be effective. Exercises in listening both as a group, and in one-on-one conversations highten the awareness of the importance of listening. Students also learned how to use active listening skills to make sure they understood what the person meant.

Dealing with Different Personality Styles

Student leadership development includes learning how to relate to all types of people. Students learn the four basic personality styles and how to best relate to each type. They also get a better understanding of their own personality style. This makes it easier for students to work closely with other people.

Polishing the Diamonds

“Like polishing a diamond, there are many facets that go into the making of a leader, and each one is important,” stated Meyerson. The youth leadership training week ended with presentations by the students about a leader of their choice, a well-earned certificate for each student and a graduation party.


“The teenage years are the critical period for developing leadership skills,” said Barbara Johnson, Director of Summer on the Hill at Greenhill School in Addison, TX, who made the decision to hire corporate trainers to teach the leadership program.


Any student can grow in leadership skills with the proper instruction and practice. Our country needs strong and courageous men and women who can lead with integrity. Student leadership programs in high schools, middle schools and youth groups are a great way to polish the brilliant diamonds that will become our country’s leaders of the future.

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Here's what the teens had to say...

I learned many things about being a good leader, which is something we are seriously lacking in our world today. I will have more confidence in who I am. I will be a better listener, because I learned that it really makes a difference. - Holly

I truly enjoyed the student leadership development class and would definately recommend the class to others my age. it gave me confidence to apply for leadership positions at school and other organizations. - Vishy

This leadership training will help me lead and plan more effectively in my position as treasurer of the student body. I now have more confidence in myself as a leader. - Deborah

I will project my thoughts more often and use the skills I learned in the student leadership training class to help obtain more leadership positions in clubs, etc. I will use the organization and planning skills I learned in this class to help make myself more organized and efficient. I will express my thoughts more with my friends. I will use the confidence skills I obtained here to better myself. - Priya

I absolutely enjoyed this class. The professors made it fun and enjoyable. - Sindhuri

I learned how to communicate more effectively, how to organize, and how to plan. I had the opportunity to do leadership activities as a group.I will definitely be a better, more understanding leader. I will communicate ideas more effectively. I will also be more bearable to live with at home by practicing active listening and consensus. I would recommend this youth leadership skills class to others who want to develop their leadership skills. It is very effective. Mrs. Meyerson and Ms. Harris are a lot of fun. - Sarah

I will stand up to peer pressure. I will be able to make better decisions. - Ben

I will use better communication skills with my family and listen more closely to what my friends say. I will plan what I'm doing and work towards being more organized. - Ashton

I learned that it is important to become a leader who can look at the big picture. - Elizabeth

I will apply for more leadership jobs at school. I will be more mature with my friends. - Ryan

I will lead my friends out of peer pressure and help them make good decisions.- Jill

I will show my dad that I am dependable. - Tarik

I will try to overcome the battle of peer pressure to better my life. I will take charge and, when the circumstances are right, I can lead my friends to overcome the obstacles of life.- Michael

I will run for a position on school council. I will also communicate better with my family. - Isabelle


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Letter from a grateful parent:

My son, took the youth leadershiptraining class with you at the beginning of the summer. He had a wonderful experience.

My son had a VERY difficult school year last year. He had such negative feed back from his teachers, they were constantly reprimanding him for his efforts. He is a very creative thinker and very much out of the box. The reoccurring problem would be that they asked him to do something, he would sincerely come up with an idea which they did not like and hence "He became the difficult student".

His teachers in the past have instead labeled him difficult, but you were able to make him feel successful for his efforts. He came home feeling very good about himself and what he did each day.

Our son very much needed to feel good about himself in relations to "school" performance. While your class was not formal school, he did get the sense of what it feels like to be honored for his uniqueness in a classroom setting.

To quote him in regards to his experience in your class: "The teacher's like me mom", "They really do interesting things", "They ask us to do something and they don't get mad at us when we do it", "They are not picky and they let us come up with our own ideas", "If its not right, they don't yell at us and make us feel bad", "They don't embarrass us in front of the other kids".

I was very concerned about my son by the end of the school year. He looked very depressed and beaten down. Since your class, he has been able to build himself back up and it brings tears to my eyes to see him so happy with life.

Again, thank you for bringing light back into his life,
A grateful mother

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Here's what teachers and youth group leaders have to say...

So far, we have had four meetings and covered the first two lessons and part of three. There are 12 kids who have signed up for the Leadership classes. We will be starting on writing speeches this week.

Because I have been away, the last couple of lessons have been conducted by two colleagues of mine. Like me, they found the lessons to be extremely well designed, clear, to the point, they kept the kids focused on the goal and purpose of the various topics of discussion as well as on the activities.

The lessons are very interactive, not teacher-centered at all. They also create an awareness in the kids, and make them think of issues in the context of Leadership.

Your lessons and reading material have been an inspiration to me and they have helped me gain the confidence that even though I don't have the kind of training necessary to lead these discussions, I am perfectly capable of doing it.

Thank you so much for making this possible. I couldn't have done it without your mentoring.

Alicia D Hart
Foreign Language Dept. Chair
Kehillah High School


We just completed our student leadership program on Friday, July 16, 2003. The material was awesome. The students said that they really enjoyed the workshop and learned a lot that they will put to use in the coming school year. You will never know how much of a life saver you were. All of the material was used in some way.....either in its entirety or as a supplement to material that I already had.

I had no problem using the lessons. They were well prepared and easy to follow. The program is wonderful.

Thank you so much for the work that obviously went into the preparation of the material. It was GREAT!!!

Sharon Harper
Assistant Principal
Ocoee Middle School


I am a high school technology education teacher and purchased the Today's Teens, Tomorrow's Leaders Instructor's Manual. This is a very useful guide that is easy to read and implement. and I am planning to incorporate some of the lessons into my career classes. I shared one of the student leadership lessons with a group of teachers who also felt the lessons will encourage our young people to grow as leaders.

Angela W. Blair
Ranchview High School
Dallas, TX


I purchased "Today's Teens ˆ Tomorrow's Leaders, Instructor's Manual ". It is chock full of helpful, practical information. It is easy to apply and the youth leadership workshop came off without a hitch!

Tracey Crockett
Duncan, SC

 

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