Monday, March 30, 2009

The Leadership Institute

Over 30 youth from 4 states spent two days in intensive training sessions this past week-end with expectional trainers from the Leadership Institute on topics ranging from forming new political organizations to the role of youth in local and national campaigns.
Future leaders with RPI Chairman Matt Strawn
"Leadership Bootcamp" started at 8:30 a.m. and lasted until 11:30 p.m. with homework assigned and began again at 9 the next morning. Future statesmen and women learned about the nature of politics, fund raising, leadership i.d. and training, lit layout, media and public relations and so much more. Fun group projects, Q & A, and a Crisis Management situation rounded out the experience. Guest speakers included Iowa Senator Grassley and RPI Chairman Matt Strawn. The kids were exhausted, filled a notebook, had the energy to swim before getting in the car, bragged about how they survived and surprisingly stayed awake and yapped & laughed the entire 5 hour ride home. Thanks again to our good friends at TeenPact for the full-ride scholarship ( and for the Leadership Institute for the great food and lodging, excellent presenters and challenging curriculum that had us all thinking about politics and our involvement in a whole new way.
Find out more at: The Leadership Institute.

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