Students Attend Leadership Training
Governance, teamwork and initiating positive change was the focus of Project LEAD, a dynamic program coordinated by the Office of Student Affairs at St. Mary’s Academy. Fifty students in grades 5-12 took part in the workshops that included topics on Identifying Leadership Traits, Communications Skills, Walking the Walk, and Leading by Example.
According to Student Affairs director Lisa Ross, the workshops were designed to empower and equip SMA students with specific, tangible and proven strategies for developing leadership skills and behaviors.
Now more than ever, it is imperative that we direct and motivate our youth to serve as catalysts for positive change in their own lives, in school and in their communities, said Ross adding that the road to effective leadership is a process. Becoming a great leader and role model is a process; therefore, opportunities must be available for youth to hone, cultivate and utilize their skills on an on-going basis.
The lineup of speakers included alumna and Project 18 founder Bonnie DeSalle, teachers and alumnae Latoyia Cains Evans and Alandrus David, and assistant principals Cheryl Ross-Brown and Pamela Rogers. Project LEAD is a pre-requisite for any student at SMA who plans on assuming a leadership role at the school.