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Boback’s Leadership Program Launches in Three School Districts

HARRISBURG – In order to build and foster leadership qualities in high school students, Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming) has designed, developed and helped implement a leadership program, which was piloted in Lake-Lehman, Dallas and Tunkhannock Area high schools earlier this year.

The beauty of the leadership initiative is that it is a self-directed program. It is open to all junior and senior high school students. The goals of the program are to expand and develop critical thinking skills; to participate in positive, career-building activities; to create civic and service leaders; to learn about local and state governments; to become knowledgeable about local issues; to study the legislative process; to promote public speaking opportunities; to participate in debate, discussion and compromise; and to complete community service hours.

“As a mother, educator and legislator, I have always been committed to developing strong, well-rounded, youth leaders in the areas of service, business and government. My leadership program is designed to take local students and provide them with connections, experiences and tools to help them succeed as leaders in the public and private sectors,” said Boback.

There are 10 tenets to the leadership program, some of which include community service, attendance at a meeting of their local borough or township, as well as a school board meeting and service organization. They also discuss legislative issues and develop an improvement plan for their school or community.

The first leadership program class has been met with enthusiasm from students, faculty and the community. All three school districts have committed to continuing this program next year.

“Judging from the success of the pilot program, it is my hope that school districts throughout the Commonwealth will consider implementing the leadership program into their high schools,” said Boback.

Rep. Karen Boback (R-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Wyoming), in her commitment to the development of strong, well-rounded youth leaders in the areas of school, service, business and government, developed a program piloted in the Lake-Lehman, Dallas and Tunkhannock Area school districts. The program, designed for high school juniors and seniors, is voluntary and self-motivated. It provides students with connections, experiences and tools beneficial in helping them succeed as leaders in the public and private sectors.

 Pictured are Lake Lehman’s First Leadership Academy class visiting the chambers of President Judge, Dick Hughes. Pictured are students Nick Wnuk, Vince Ferrari, Conner Zekas, Tyler Manzoni, Tom Manzoni, Justin Lansberry, Marina Malcolm, Nick Albertson, Beth Bartuska, Kelsey Higgins along with Susan Ferentino, adviser; Brian Pipech, director of pupil services, Lake Lehman; President Judge, Dick Hughes and Judge Tina Gartley.
 Pictured are Tunkhannock’s Jr. Leadership Wyoming class with Rep. Boback. Pictured are Frank Galicki, Superintendent of Tunkhannock Area School District; Boback; Justin Cooper; Sehara Rowles; Alex Davis; Danielle Krispin; Connor Helsel; Mikayla Mills; Ashley Pippenger, teacher; and Greg Ellsworth, Tunkhannock Area High School principal
 Pictured are the Leadership Academy students from Dallas High School visiting the House chamber. Rep. Boback, Daniel Burkhart, Riley Oremus, Greta Ketchner, Rachel Habib, Courtney Devens, Sarah Starzdus, A.J. Spears, Mike Santora and Kristie Heinke (teacher).

Representative Karen Boback
117th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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