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Make a Difference

leadership is not a position or a title, it is action and example

Inspire Others

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader"
John Quincy Adams

Create More Leaders

"True leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders."

Lead by Example

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way

The Need for student leaders

RECENT HIGH SCHOOL REFORM EFFORTS - including those advocated by Breaking Ranks: Changing an American Institution (NASSP, 1996) and Breaking Ranks II: Strategies for Leading High School Reform (NASSP, 2004)- strongly recommend that schools model democratic principles and give students, teachers, parents, and community members a significant role in school governance and the decisionmaking process. Specific recommendations include the creation of site-based decision-making councils, student leadership forums, and student-initiated seminars on substantive issues that are directly related to school improvement. The message is clear: giving students a voice in determining the quality of their education is central to school reform.

Unfortunately, over the years, many educators have given little more than lip service to the idea that students can be partners in their schools and the reform process. Student leaders, such as members of student government and class officers, have been relegated to planning dances and pep rallies, discussing the quality of cafeteria offerings, and organizing fundraising events. Although these activities have some intrinsic value, students need to be more fully involved in authentic aspects of school leadership. Educators must begin to invest in their students and empower them to be participants in a shared, collective endeavor: their education. Only then will educators be truly able to model participatory democracy in their schools and help prepare students for life as informed, engaged citizens.

What is service-learning?

Different sources will vary on their definition, but for the purpose of Healthy Communities Walk, service-learning will be defined as: "A form of experimental education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development.

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There are several types of service-learning experiences that a student could take part in, such as the following:




New Economies


Global Citizenship