Sage to Host More Than 200 Area High School Students for 12th Annual Youth Leadership Summit

December 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm

TROY, NY - The Sage Colleges will host the 12th Annual Northeast U.S. Character Education Youth Leadership Summit on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Russell Sage campus in Troy. More than 200 junior and senior high school students from 17 local school districts will participate in the conference sponsored by The Academy for Character Education at the Esteves School of Education at The Sage Colleges.

This year’s theme, “Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover: Care to Find out What’s Inside!” will focus on the character trait “CARING” as it applies to how individuals treat others, themselves, and the environment. Diane Lang and Michael Buchanan, authors of the “The Fat Boy Chronicles” will deliver the keynote address. Inspired by a true story, and told in first-person journal entries, “The Fat Boy Chronicles” brings to life the pain and isolation felt by many overweight teenagers as they try to find their way in a world obsessed with outward beauty.

“This is truly an amazing opportunity for students, teachers, parents and community members to take an active role in positively shaping their school communities, “ explained Dr. John Walko, director of The Academy for Character Education at the Sage Colleges. “During the summit, event youth leaders will learn specific leadership skills and develop an understanding of key positive character traits. Based on what they learn, they will have an opportunity to implement character-based improvements in their schools throughout the school year.”

As part of this interactive summit, the academy requires that students, teachers, and parents develop an action plan to address issues in character education, school climate and the enhancement of academic excellence. The academy will follow up with each school after the summit and continue to provide encouragement, direction and instruction to help them implement their strategies.

Workshop topics include cyber bullying; creating safe spaces in schools; stepping up to serve; leadership skills through the use of theater; and not judging people based on economic status.

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The Sage Colleges

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