Leadership Learning: Extension program challenges students to grow leadership skills

Area high school students through an Iowa State Extension program can learn the ins-and-outs of leadership.

The Extension’s Youth Leadership program combines sophomores and juniors from Hampton-Dumont-CAL and West Fork, who then work together to develop leadership skills.

Michelle Sackville, Franklin County Extension county director, said the students meet once a month for an hour and a half. During meetings, they participate in a series of hands-on activities that challenge the students to work with one another to complete a task. After the activity, they will discuss the project, what went right, what went wrong and how those issues translate into real life.

“They are learning but they don’t realize they’re learning,” she said. “We will debrief after the activity, break it down and talk about how the experience relates to a certain part of leadership.”

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