Turning Students into Leaders

Bucktail Leadership participants learn to network

PHOTO PROVIDED Community leaders met the Bucktail Youth Leadership Program participants during their tour of STEP Inc.’s Clinton County Community Center in Lock Haven. At the center are, from left, in front: Steve Stevenson, Benjamin Probert, Treavor Burrows, Shiane Acor, Sylvia Moore, Aaliyah McGowan, Beth Moore, and Tim Keohane; and in back: Matt McCamley, Tom Keiffer, Natasha Gorham, Angela Harding, Leigh Young, Krisy Meeker, Darlene Weaver, Karina Guerrero and Elliot Probst.

LOCK HAVEN — The Bucktail Youth Leadership Program spent a fun-filled November day at the STEP Inc. Clinton County Community Center.

The group started with a tour of the facility to observe each of the important facets of STEP’s services offered to community members and the beautiful historical pieces that were included in the interior. The guide noted that good leaders make connections and get to know all that their community offers.

The participants then spent time with Head Start students and helped make a holiday craft.

The group learned tips for resume and interview skills through an interactive Jeopardy game presented by Bob Bechdel from the CareerLink Office. He shared his leadership philosophy to lead by example and don’t ask anyone to do something you wouldn’t do yourself.

The sophomores then heard from Tim Keohane of the Small Business Development Center at Lock Haven University, who outlined successful networking strategies which included how to build relationships via face-to-face and social media. The students developed their personal audio logos and used the information from Keohane during a mock networking reception. Leadership Clinton County alumni joined the students as they spent time engaged in basic introductions and general conversation.

Keohane provided the students with two key leadership values: Leadership is important, but the character and quality of a leader is everything; and good role models make good decisions when others are watching, while great role models make good decisions when no one is watching.

The youth participants spent time finalizing plans for their service project, which is a requirement of the program and giving impromptu speeches before returning to Bucktail High School.

This year’s participants include: Shiane Acor, Karen Bunsick, Treavor Burrows, Aaliyah McGowan, Sylvia Moore, Benjamin Probert and Elliot Probst.

The Bucktail Youth Leadership Program is coordinated by Bobbie Jo Simcox and Gwen Bechdel as an activity club at the high school. The Leadership Clinton County Alumni are generous supporters of the activities.

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