Higher Education as the Door to a Wider World: Oakland High School Leadership Seminar 2013
AbstractThe goal of this service-learning project was to identify high school students who may not think they have the opportunity for a higher education. The theme was higher education as the door to a wider world. Messages shared gave these young adults skills to increase their self-confidence and become better leaders at school and at home. Speakers were carefully selected as those who have experienced life’s hardships while following their dreams. Speakers gave hope to the Lafayette, Indiana Oakland High School Government class that anything is possible. Oakland students are starving for the tools that will make their life’s journey smoother, and it is our intent to help them through service-learning projects. In spring 2014, service-learning events were expanded to include Jefferson High School (also in Lafayette, Indiana) with the goal of adding two additional high schools in the near future. Through service-learning, we are looking for brilliant leaders in unexpected places, and, in return, we are getting unexpected returns. How does someone stay inspired to teach young adults? Look into the eyes of these students after one of our seminars and you will find the answer.