Bucktail students visit STEP Services Center

PHOTO PROVIDED Members of the Bucktail Youth Leadership Program pose with a group of Head Start youngsters at the STEP Services Center in Lock Haven. The little boys and girls are holding Thanksgiving turkeys they made with apples and colored cereal tail feathers.

LOCK HAVEN — The Bucktail Youth Leadership Program learned more about their community and leadership skills while visiting the Lock Haven STEP Services Center recently.

The group toured the facility, observing the many services offered to community members, including Meals on Wheels, activities and services for seniors, and Head Start classrooms, and noted the beautiful historical pieces that were preserved and made a focal point of the lobby.

The students then helped one of the Head Start classes make special Thanksgiving turkeys from apples with colored cereal tail feathers, providing guidance and instruction to complete each turkey with children that were more interested in eating the feathers.

The group was provided tips for resume and interview skills through an interactive Jeopardy game presented by Bob Bechdel from the CareerLink Office, and will be able to apply the lessons learned for future collegiate and employment opportunities.

The sophomores then heard from Tim Keohane of the Small Business Development Center at Lock Haven University, outlining 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 Mr. Keohene during a mock networking reception.

Leadership Clinton County alumni — Krisy Meeker, Angela Harding, Christine Neidrich, Darlene Weaver, Amanda Keiffer, Thomas Keiffer, Dorie Gilmore, Jeff Miller, and Darla Wise– joined the students to engage in basic introductions and general conversation for about an hour.

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

This year’s participants include Tessa Cowfer, Emily Cross, Emma Intallura, Sara Kepler, Myka Poorman and Devin Serafini.

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