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Leadership Dickinson - Explore Your Opportunities

by Suzi Sobolik

Suzi Sobolik“Prepare and develop effective leaders to strengthen rural communities” is the Mission of Rural Leadership North Dakota, how better to bring this back to my community of Dickinson then to prepare the youth of Dickinson to become strong leaders for the future of Dickinson and North Dakota.

Leadership Dickinson was a program created in 1997 for high school juniors and seniors in Dickinson. The programs focus is to acquaint participants with community opportunities, needs, problems, and resources allowing interaction with community leaders and community businesses; provide an opportunity to network with students from another school and build a level of mutual trust and respect; and to foster interest in community and volunteer activities.  In recent years the program stopped due to time constraints of the previous leader.  The goal of my project is to resume this excellent leadership program then to find the proper organization to take over this program to ensure sustainability into the future.

Leadership Dickinson allows high school students leadership opportunity through meeting over the course of the school year for hands on leadership sessions as well as doing community service.  The group meets one time each month to meet unique objectives to help the students gain understanding for all our area has to offer.  The current curriculum includes the topics of: Leadership Development, Agriculture, Law and Order, Tourism, City and State Government, Economic Development, Health and Human Services, University System, Energy and Conservation of our Natural Resources.    Throughout the course of this program I want the youth to learn that you can lead from any position, not only by defined roles of leadership such as the Mayor.  As well as giving the students opportunity to have interaction with city officials, leaders and business people whom they would not normally interact with in a classroom environment.

Leadership Dickinson is helping build sustainability of our community by increasing youth retention of Dickinson through educating students on the opportunities available to them right here in Dickinson.

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