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Leadership contest

Youth are the future
Youth are the future
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Being a leader. What does that mean? We can all name a leader. When asked who is a leader some might answer President Obama, Helen Keller, Nelson Mandela or Martin Luther King, Jr. Those people are or were leaders. Who are the leaders of the future? It might be your child. As adults we need to prepare for the future and cultivate future leaders. With that concept in mind the Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living have announced the I am a Leader 2014 contest. It helps youth discuss what it takes to be a leader and identify leaders in their own community. It is the first year they are doing this in part for a grant they have received. It will be interesting to see what youth feel are leadership qualities and it will undoubtedly start the conversation in classrooms and groups. Here are the details:

"I'm a Leader!" 2014 Contest!
What is the contest?
February is National Youth Leadership Month. We want students in grades 7-12, to tell us what leadership is or show us what leadership looks like to them.
You could create a video, write an essay or poem, create a visual art piece (photograph, painting, collage, etc.), or write a song based on one of the following options:
1. What does leadership mean to you? -OR-
2. Pick a person in your school who you feel demonstrates leadership. Tell us/show us why you feel that person is a great leader.
Who can enter?
Any individual student or group of students in the same school building in grades 7-12.
What will students win?
• 1 of 3 $100 Visa Gift Cards
• A school assembly in their honor
• Their name(s) in the local newspaper!
How to submit an entry:
• You can either email:
• Or, you can complete the form to the right.
The deadline to submit entries is: February 28, 2014 at 11:59PM. For more information about this contest please contact Everett Deibler at

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