The Student Leadership Initiative is a unique program to develop and promote leadership and student voice within the community. Each year, selected students from across the nation engage in an eight-month project arising from an environmental or social justice issue. Students are lead by MCNC Staff and school advisors through prescribed tasks that build college and career readiness skills of research, organization, communication and use of social media. Students engage their schools and communities in a focused social action plan and then capture their success in presentations, which are shared at a four-day conference. Students visit with local experts, get exposure to a new environment and engage in academic discourse with peers they have met on-line. In recent years students have replanted gardens and greenery and in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, studied diversity in New York City, and traveled to rural Tarboro, NC, to discuss the relationship of habitat and humanity. They have climbed through snow at 10,000 feet in Estes Park, Colo. to understand the meaning of pristine environment, and seen the impact of industrial waste on the Reedy River in Greenville, S.C. The experience improves literacy and promotes college readiness skills as students learn to be competent writers and deeply engaged readers, and do meaningful research outside the confines of the classroom. They become spokespeople for the school community, develop confidence and view themselves as change agents. Schools wishing to participate, register in September. Advisors are invited into MCNC’s on-line community to plan. The conference takes place in late April or early May.
- Be The Change You Want To See (2013 – 2014)
- What Makes a Healthy Community? (2012-2013)
- Student Voices 2010-2011