John F. Kennedy understood what a powerful investment an excellent education represents: “We must do all that we can, to give our children the best in education and social upbringing – for while they are the youth of today, they shall be the leaders of tomorrow.”
Many of the leaders of tomorrow made the scene at the Rochester Youth Leadership Summit, presented March 4 by NextStepU, Monroe Community College & EmpowerMe. we were proud to support our friends at NextStepU by sponsoring this event. Based on the 300+ high schoolers from Rochester-area schools and beyond, the conference was a success. The best part was that students learned a ton of essential life lessons. What do the leaders of tomorrow need to know? Everything from How to Choose a Major and a College to How to Avoid Debt in College to Leadership (How to Make the Most of Opportunities to Lead), the last of which was presented by former mayor of Rochester, Bob Duffy.
The presentation I enjoyed the most was Time Management for Busy Teens, presented by Leslie Josel from Order Out of Chaos. The topic of time management lies near to our own Academic Coaching hearts, and Leslie established herself not just as an expert but also a kindred spirit. She imparted absolute pearls of productivity wisdom to an engaged teen-aged audience. I’m definitely looking forward to reading her book, What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management.
All in all, the first annual Youth Leadership Summit seemed a resounding success. Rochester teens should start planning for the next one!