The South Shore Leadership Youth for Community Engagement Program is the first of its kind in Northwest Indiana.
This unique program is modeled after the Leadership Northwest Indiana Program to develop a select group of Northwest Indiana high school students with recognizable leadership potential into regional leaders and global thinkers.
Supported through grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Lake County Community Fund, both funds of Legacy Foundation, as well as the John W. Anderson Foundation and Crown Point Community Foundation, the inaugural SLYCE class of 42 sophomores through seniors was selected early this year from the seven-county region of Northwest Indiana.
Through this unique opportunity, these exceptional youth will explore their personal attributes while learning about team building, community issues, and servant leadership.
An orientation and kick-off meeting was held in January, and the monthly session in February, March and April are focusing on quality of life issues, engagement, citizenship and community participation. Outdoor education and a team challenge are the June topics, while the youth will be grouped for community service projects focused on social equity, economic viability, and environmental justice in July. They will work on these service projects through November, and graduate in December after project presentations.
At the end of the program, participants will understand the positive aspects of the Calumet Region, be connected to a diverse group of students from other parts of the area, have developed meaningful relationships with a number of adult leaders and have expanded their leadership abilities.