Local student participates in leadership program
Northborough – This summer, Priscilla Sena, a student at Melican Middle School in Northborough, attended the 2008 National Junior Leaders Conference (NJLC), "Discover Global Business and Entrepreneurship," sponsored by LeadAmerica. NJLC is a leadership program for young leaders from around the world. The NJLC's Discover Global Business and Entrepreneurship is a 10-day leadership program in which students learn to build and operate a business.
From developing a product concept to analyzing the competitive landscape, students learn what it takes to ensure success. In a hands-on learning environment, Sena and her team of junior entrepreneurs developed and executed a fullscale business plan and "sold" their idea. They learned and practiced important leadership skills such as creative thinking, negotiation and public speaking.
"Leadership can make important diff erences in the lives of teenagers – in their academic and personal performance, in their acceptance to the college of their choice, and in their level of focus, passion and purpose," said Chris M. Salamone, founder and executive director of LeadAmerica. "It is the key to what they do with their lives and how well they do it. In today's world, it is imperative that we nurture leadership potential from a very young age."
Sena found the experience to be very valuable.
"LeadAmerica changed my life," she said. "I think that the most important thing I learned while I was attending the conference in New York is this: 'It is not what you do while you are at the conference; it is what you do after you leave.' That will stay in my mind forever, and … I have begun to see the world in a whole new way. My future goals will be to complete many community service projects and contribute ideas in order to make the world a better place."
According to Salamone, 60,000 students from more than 51 countries have participated in LeadAmerica.
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