Story last updated at 10/17/2012 - 1:57 pm
Through games, group exercises and individual reflection, 27 Kake High School students learned different facets of leadership - from brainstorming and decision making to action planning and how to work together to develop a goal and plan for success.
"I liked how everyone was involved," said one Kake teen reflecting on a recent leadership training held at school.
As part of Quality Schools /Quality Students (QS2), a school improvement service, the Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB) partners with school districts such as Kake to foster positive youth-adult relationships and healthier school and community climates to help kids achieve academic and social success.
Providing Youth Leadership Training was one of the goals of the Kake school district's Community Engagement Plan. Besides playing games that got the teens thinking about different ways to communicate and work together, the students reviewed data from the School Climate and Connectedness Survey (SCCS) they took last year and developed lots of ideas to enhance their school, including reigniting a "Reader Buddies" program with the elementary school, hosting high school lock-ins, having more Open Gym nights at school, adding music and art clubs and dreaming of opening a late night convenience store in town.
"It kept me thinking about new ideas," said one teen in her closing evaluation.
Guest speakers included Kake Magistrate Mike Jackson, 7th Generation Mentoring Coordinator Anthony Gestellum and longtime Kake School Secretary Debbie Johnson-James. Student teams presented their ideas and action plans in front of teachers, school board members, and Kake Mayor Henrich Kadake. The students received certificates of completion from Kake Superintendent Kevin Shipley.
Kake was one of 300 Alaska public schools that completed the AASB annual School Climate and Connectedness Survey. Schools and community partners are able to use the survey results to improve school climate. National research shows that positive school climate and connectedness are associated with higher student achievement and reduced risk behavior.
For more information contact AASB at 463-1660 or go to alaskaice.org