SLYCE: Unique Youth Program from South Shore Leadership Center

Michelle Searer PhotoTo prepare high school students from our 7-counties to become future leaders involved in their communities and region, the South Shore Leadership Center (SSLC) is starting to recruit its next class of high school sophomores and juniors for its youth leadership program called SLYCE, said Michelle Searer, Vice President, SSLC. “I don’t know of any other youth program where students spend a full day over 11 months learning about leadership and regional issues,” she said. Nominated by high schools and supported by community organizations, SLYCE stands for the South Shore Leadership Youth for Community Engagement. Launched by SSLC Founder and advisor Keith Kirkpatrick, SLYCE is modeled after its Leadership Northwest Indiana program that has graduated more than 1,100 adult leaders in a 10-month program. Currently, the third class of 57 students from 29 high schools in five NWI counties are near completion of SLYCE that exposes students to monthly speakers, leadership training, and regional communities. “It is not unusual for students to express newly discovered regional pride because they are learning great things about Northwest Indiana,” she said. The funding model for SLYCE includes a contribution from the nominating school or organization, a student portion, and the balance from a community partner. SLYCE is built on a collaborative model with the Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Indiana and A Positive Approach to Teen Health (PATH).   Now entering its fourth year, 150 students have participated in the program. For details about the next January class, call Michelle Searer at 219 465-6818.

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