High School Leaders Get Harper Training

More than than 130 local high school students will visit Harper College for an all-day event intended to equip them with the critical thinking, professional etiquette and other skills they'll need to take on leadership roles and inspire change in high school, college and beyond.

The Student Leadership Challenge Experience runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, October 18 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.

The event, in its second year, is a spinoff of the Harper Leadership Challenge, a daylong program inspired by the popular book "The Leadership Challenge" and intended to develop Harper students into more effective leaders. Reaching out to students even before they come to college can give them a head start on effective leadership methods, Student Activity Coordinator Chris George says.

Leadership Challenge participants will be encouraged to complete weekly leadership assignments and return in December to report back on their successes.

"The program is a good way for students to get their heads around what leadership is," George says. "Anybody can be a leader. The earlier we can get that message to students, the better."

Attendees will represent Township High School Districts 211 and 214 and Barrington High School.

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