Leadership Lincoln is a program that has been promoting the development of great leaders within our community for over thirty years. Because of this, it made perfect sense to take this program and implement it within the local school system. Therefore, with a little thought, a lot of discussion, and the collaboration between the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and Lincoln ACHIEVE, S.A.I.L. was born.
S.A.I.L. is an organization for “Students Actively Involved in Leadership.” During its pilot year, 2017, the program was implemented at Ruston High School with participants then selected based on specific criteria that included junior grade-level status as well as holding a leadership role within various organizations on the school campus. The student participants were selected under the direction of Lloyd Bruner, advisor of the award-winning RHS Future Business Leaders of America chapter, and included the input from several campus groups.
Through S.A.I.L., each participant is actively involved in monthly tours of area businesses, organization, and institutions that represent our community in an outstanding manner. Community leaders also offer insights into how the youth within our schools can make productive and positive change within their neighborhood while giving back in various ways throughout the community. Class topics have included areas of focus such as government, digital media, economic development, tourism and hospitality, among others.
Participants are also required to attend public meetings while becoming involved in volunteer projects throughout the area. Upon graduation from S.A.I.L. in March, these students will then be eligible to apply for Leadership Lincoln where they will have the opportunity to expand their leadership skills even further. All high school juniors in Lincoln Parish Schools, public or private are eligible.
* Robert Luke Black, Cedar Creek (Marcus and Jen Black)
* Leigh Cox, Ruston HS (Rob and Laura Cox)
* Benjamin "Ben" Denny, Ruston HS (John and Stacey Denny)
* Lydia L. George, Cedar Creek (Paul and Sonya George)
* Livia Hamilton, Choudrant High School (Vivian and Randall Hamilton)
* Avery Henry, Choudrant HS (Earl and Amanda Henry)
* Amanda Meng, Ruston High School (Dave and June Meng)
* Christian Payne, Ruston HS (Pamela and John Payne)
* Christopher "Bolton" Stegall, Ruston HS (Amy and Chris Stegall)
Selected to further expand their leadership potential as participants with the Chamber's Leadership Lincoln class XXXIII were Livia Hamilton and Amanda Meng.
My goal as Program Coordinator is to ensure that students who are already showing strong leadership traits continue to do so and that they will use those traits to build a stronger Lincoln Parish. The most rewarding part is that all of these students want to be more involved in our community and all show their leadership qualities in different ways. If you would like to attend a session, please feel free to do so!
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