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New Leadership Event to Target High School Students

Harper College this week will host more than 80 students from Township High School District 211 at an all-day event aimed at equipping them with the critical thinking, professional etiquette and ethics skills they'll need to take on leadership roles and inspire change in high school, college and beyond.

The first-ever Student Leadership Challenge Experience runs from 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Thursday, March 8 at the Wojcik Conference Center on the College's main campus, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

It will include remarks from Harper President Dr. Kenneth Ender, networking with some of Harper's own student leaders, and sessions focused on key leadership practices. Participants will be encouraged to complete weekly leadership assignments and return in the fall for subsequent leadership training.

The event is a spinoff of the Harper Leadership Challenge, a daylong program intended to develop Harper students into more effective leaders.

"It's an effective way to build leaders, and the chance to start the process even earlier, with training at the high school level, is an extraordinary opportunity not just for the students but also for the schools, colleges, businesses and organizations that eventually will benefit from their leadership," says Student Activities Coordinator Chris George, one of the program's facilitators. "We want them to realize they all have leadership potential that can be developed and practiced to bring about positive change."

George based the Harper program on the popular book "The Leadership Challenge" by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner.

Press Contact: Erin Brooks, Media Relations Manager, 847.925.6159.