High School Leadership Montezuma (HSLM) is a youth-oriented leadership development program for high school sophmores and juniors to provide them with skills, knowledge, exdperiences, networking opportunities and encouragement to become partners for positive change in their communities.
What to know about High School Leadership Montezuma
High School Leadership Montezuma (HSLM) is a youth-oriented leadership development program for high school sophomores and juniors to provide them with skills, knowledge, experiences, networking opportunities and encouragement to become partners for positive change in their communities.
Participants in the program come together one full school day a month to explore a wide range of topics. Except for the September retreat, HSLM will be meeting the second Tuesday of each month. Sessions dates are listed on the last page of the application. It is essential that participants attend the retreat in September as this sets the foundation for the program.
HSLM is sponsored by the Southwest Community Leadership Collaborative and the School Community Youth Collaborative. All program facilitators and coordinators have many years of education and youth development experience, and are dedicated to improving the lives of teens in Montezuma and Dolores Counties.
Specific program topics include:
- Problem Solving
- Responsibility to Self, Others, and the Community
- Community (Education, Natural Resources/Environment, Business and Economics, Health and Human Services, Criminal Justice, Communication, Arts, Media, Government, Quality of Life)
Students are asked to make a two-year commitment to their communities in participating in this program; first by participating in the monthly programs throughout one school year, and second by acting as advisors to the program in the second year. Students have an opportunity to interact with peers from around the area and with regional community leaders. It is crucial to the overall experience that students participate in every session, since an important aspect of the program is the camaraderie, networking and team building within the group.
Tuition: Tuition for the program is $50.00. This includes all sessions, light breakfast and lunch during sessions and any entrance fees if required. Some scholarships are available. Students who withdraw from the program after the first session will not receive a refund.
Transportation: Transportation to and from sessions is the responsibility of individual students. Special arrangements can be made if necessary to accommodate special needs.
Parent/Guardian Responsibilities: As part of our orientation to the program, we hold a parent night before the September retreat to talk with parents (and students if they choose to attend) about program content (session topics and service learning project), requirements, special needs, forms that need to be filled out prior to the retreat, expectations, logistics, and scholarships. Parents are an important component to the success of the participants in the program and we want to make sure you have as much information as possible to contribute to your child’s success. The HSLM coordinator sends are regular updates on how the sessions are going, future session topics and logistics, and if we need any additional assistance or information from parents.
Parent Night will be held on Tuesday, September 13th from 6pm-7pm. Light refreshments will be provided. Youth participants are welcome to attend with their parent/guardian.
Social Event: Expectations for students, families and the program
Parent Night will be held on Tuesday, September 13th 2011 from 6pm-7pm. Light refreshments will be provided. Youth participants are welcome to attend with their parent/guardian.
Students will participate in and explore group dynamics, public speaking, team building, decision making and leadership concepts. Participants will also examine their own attitudes and experiences that make up a community. The Youth Advisory Committee will be discussed and themes for our class will be developed.
Natural Resources / Environment
Heard the phrase “Think Globally, Act Locally?” This session focuses on the environmental issues affecting the world and our community. Students will learn about the environmental assets of the region and how they may be directly tied to our quality of life.
Students will explore our uniquely diverse, culturally rich community and reflect our past and future. Participants will gain a glimpse of the cuture and arts that characterize our region and be asked what “Culture” means to you?
Business & Economics
What moves us and shakes us? This session explores the business and economics of our region. Students may visit with business leaders to discuss topics such as starting and owning a business, women and minorities in business, chosing a career path, attracting new industry and other economic develpment issues and concerns.
Health and Human Service
How do we, as a community, address the health and welfare of our citizens? What services are available locally and what is lacking in our rural region of the state. Students will discuss the issues facing our citizens and visit with community members who work in a variety of health and human service fields.
An in-depth review of the justice system and juvenile crime and how laws are made and carried out. Additionally, the session focuses on how city, county and state governments operate. The students will explore current issues and future trends and lawmaking. From the time a crime is committed until the criminal “serves time,” you will see how our finest get the job done in law enforcement and the judical system.
Students get a first-hand look at the artistic and cultural diversity of our community. What characteristics make the area worthwhile and attractive? Then you’ll get to see how the people who make the news get into the newspapers and newscasts of the local media and how media affects us.
Who calls the shots in your town? You get to meet, face-to-face, the people who make the rules and run your government. Students will learn to participate in and run meetings and how a democratic systems operates.
Quality of Life
What is “Quality of Life?” How would you define it and what steps can you take to achieve it? This program will explore the tangible and intangible ingredients of building a “quality” future.
Thursday, September 20, 2012 – Parent night at First National Bank Cortez, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 – HSLM Retreat at Dolores Community Center, 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Thursday, September 27, 2012 – HSLM Retreat at Dolores Community Center, 8:15am – 3:00 pm
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 – Session One, Location TBA, 8:30am – 3:00pm
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 – Session Two, Location TBA, 8:30am – 3:00pm
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 – Session Three, Location TBA, 8:30am – 3:00pm
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 – Session Four, Location TBA, 8:30am – 3:00pm
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 – Session Five, Location TBA, 8:30am – 3:00pm
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 – Session Six, Location TBA, 8:30am – 3:00pm
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 – Session Seven, Location TBA, 8:30am – 3:00pm
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 – SERVICE PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION, Location and Time TBA (this date is tentative and will be confirmed early 2013 once the project has been identified).
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 – Session Eight – Celebration! Location TBA, 8:30am – 3:00pm
Frequently Asked Questions
What is High School Leadership Montezuma?
A youth-oriented leadership development program that provides youth with skills, knowledge, experiences, networking opportunities and encouragement to become partners for positive change in their communities.
Who can join High School Leadership Montezuma?
- Second and third year high school students
- Students willing to commit to the program for 2 years – first as a participant, then as a program advisor
When does High School Leadership Montezuma meet?
- once a month, scheduled on a Wednesday
- meetings last all day (8:30am to 3:30pm) and occur during the school day – does not count as an absence
What will I do as a member of High School Leadership Montezuma?
- Work together with peers and local land management and natural resource experts to identify a pressing environmental issue in your community that you want to change – then change it!
- Develop your leadership skills through hands-on activities and experiences in relationship building, problem solving, communication and personal responsibility
- Get to know local law makers, environmental professionals, business owners, community members
- Share what you have learned with your community in a creative way
- Make a real difference
How do I join?
- APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sept. 14th
- 80% attendance required
- $50 sign-up fee