The theme of the 2017 Student Leadership Conference is “Living Local, Going Global,” and VSUP/VaSCL is pleased to be partnering with EF Education First for the event.
This year’s Student Leadership Conference will continue the work of exploring the VDOE “Profile of a Virginia Graduate” that began at last year’s event. This year, the focus will be narrowed to the “Community Engagement and Civic Responsibility” strand of the Profile, with a particular emphasis on becoming a Global Citizen.
The goal of the conference is to inspire participants to make connections with and develop empathy for other people whose lives and experiences are different from their own. The hope is that participating in the conference will enhance students’ respect for the diversity of individuals, groups, and cultures in their own communities as well as in the rest of the world. By encouraging participants to see the importance of becoming more engaged in the world around them and demonstrating their respect for others through their words and actions, the conference will help students become better leaders of their schools and communities.
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After the General Session, all students will be assigned to small groups of approximately 25 students from different high schools to discuss topics and engage in activities related to exploring the challenges and rewards of Global Citizenship. These small group sessions will be led by seniors who have volunteered to take on this role and who have participated in a training session for their role as facilitators before the conference. These Senior Facilitators will be paired with Adult Facilitators from EF Education First, who have helped lead sessions at the International Global Leadership Summit which EF sponsors each year for high school students.
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These small group sessions will give all participants the chance to learn more about each other as well as learn more about the over forty different high schools from across the state of Virginia which will be represented at the conference. The hope is that these small group sessions will help students grow as leaders by giving them the opportunity to share their experiences and collaborate with other students in coming up with creative approaches to problems faced by their schools, communities, and the world.