Local teens participate in Leadership Lackawanna’s Youth Leadership Program

June 19th, 2015 9:32 am

First Posted: 10/28/2014

The Leadership Lackawanna teen program, Tomorrow’s Leaders Today, including students from three local schools and other regional districts, met Thursday, Oct. 16 at The Scranton Enterprise Center for its first session, which included an orientation, leadership basics and an introduction to community service.

Local participants include: Kailey Gearhart, Abington Heights High School; Zachary Stephen Spangenberg, Abington Heights High School; Raeva Mulloth, Abington Heights High School; Wynn Phillips, Lackawanna Trail Jr./Sr. High School; Amanda Kinback, Lackawanna Trail Jr./Sr. High School and Ethan Himka, Summit Christian Academy.

Leadership Lackawanna’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Today Program accepts applications from sophomores who attend high school in Lackawanna County or in the Lackawanna Trail and Western Wayne school districts. Tomorrow’s Leaders Today began in 1997 under Skills in Scranton, a division of The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, and merged with Leadership Lackawanna in 2011.

The seven-month program is designed to develop the leadership, interpersonal and managerial skills of high school juniors, while giving them an enhanced understanding of Northeastern Pennsylvania and the opportunity to explore teamwork.

Participants learn collaborative decision making, explore different communication styles, and engage in problem solving techniques. The challenges and opportunities of northeastern Pennsylvania are discussed as participants meet community leaders and other high school students.