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INDIANTOWN -- On Nov. 13, 30 students of this year's Martin Youth LEADERship class held their third monthly session of the 2012-13 school year. The session focused on economics and cultural diversity.
The day provided students with on-site visits and hand-on leadership activities with the theme of focusing on how the local community is impacted by the economic decisions of businesses and residents.
"The day was fun-filled and packed with exciting discussions on the positive traits of great leaders, and financial planning around needs versus wants," said Mike Sancho, planning committee chairman and operations director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County.
The morning component of the program was held at the Indiantown Civic Center, where students participated in several interactive ice-breaker and leadership activities that provided scenarios to differentiate "needs" versus "wants" and the impact of short-term financial decisions on long-term success for both the individual and the community.
Committee members Gina Golino, marketing director of Forward Electric & Air Conditioning, and Alissa Collins of Plastridge Insurance were instrumental in facilitating the day.
Next on the agenda was lunch, provided by Dee Stefano's Italian Restaurant & Catering of Indiantown at Timer Powers Park where the remaining program was kicked-off by a demonstration by Gibbs Sports Amphibians which demonstrated their quad Jet Ski prototype.
The group continued with walking tours of Hope Rural School, the Adult Resource Center and the construction site of the new Boys & Girls Club being built at Carter Park.
Students met with two teachers at Hope Rural School and had an opportunity to hear their stories and how they personally have been impacted by the Indiantown community.
The Martin Youth LEADERship Program for high school students, and is in its 16th year. The group is continually striving to better serve the students that have made application, and been accepted in the program.
The current Martin Youth LEADERship program is an opportunity for high-school sophomores and juniors throughout the county to develop and enhance their leadership skills. Students must apply and only 39 or so are selected to participate in this comprehensive, nine-month program that is modeled after LEADERship Martin County.
Upon completion, these young leaders have learned about their community including history, government, business, arts and culture, criminal justice and the environment.
Class members are given an opportunity to reach their highest leadership potential through sessions focusing on Covey's effective habits and other leadership-enhancing activities. Every effort is made to select a racially, gender diverse class representing various levels of leadership experience.
For more information, visit www.leadershipmcalumni.com/youth_leadership.asp, or contact Diana Bruton, at MartinYouthLeadership@gmail.com.