LA Students at Hyde Leadership Conference.

Lincoln Academy students at the Maine Youth Leadership Day, which was hosted by Hyde School in November 2015. Student participants in that conference are initiating the Lincoln Academy Leadership in Action Conference on Saturday, April 30.

Lincoln Academy invites local middle and high school students to a “Leadership in Action Conference” on Saturday, April 30. The event takes place at Lincoln Academy. Workshops and discussions will be led by current LA students, with the goal of discussing leadership in various forms, and ultimately strengthening the LA Community.

The day-long conference marks the launch of an important student-led initiative at Lincoln Academy. The student organizers of the conference are particularly focused on introducing different forms of leadership to current middle school students who will soon be Lincoln students.

Participants are invited to gather in Lincoln Academy’s Nelson Bailey Gymnasium for registration beginning at 9:30 am on Saturday April 30. No pre-registration is required; students can just arrive on Saturday morning. The event is free, with a suggested donation of $5 to cover the costs of lunch.

Lincoln Academy’s Director of Resident Life Ken Stevenson and Director of Teague Alternative Education and Work Based Learning Jake Abbott are the faculty advisors to the Leadership in Action Conference, but they credit students with driving the conference organizing process from start to finish. “What is unique to this conference is that the day has been completely organized by students,” said Stevenson. “These Lincoln Academy students are committed to demonstrating leadership in action. Each of the various activities and workshops have been designed by, and are led by, Lincoln students who are committed to strengthening the Lincoln Academy Community.”

Included in the day will be a range of workshops and activities, and a barbeque lunch at Lincoln’s ATEC building. The day will end at 2:00, when participants should be picked up from the Lincoln Academy gym.  Lincoln Academy students and staff will supervise participants throughout the day.  All members of the public are welcome, with a particular focus on middle school students from the surrounding area and current Lincoln Academy students.

Workshops and activities will engage students in conversations about appreciating diversity, women in leadership roles, restorative justice practices, leadership in sports, environmental leadership, civil rights leadership, artistic leadership and models of leading in the Twenty First Century.

“This leadership workshop is designed to bring people closer to everyday leadership, and expose them to many of the current rising topics, such as diversity, women in leadership, and so on,” said Su Dam, a senior from Vietnam and one of the conference coordinators. “People nowadays do not realize the power they have, how leadership can happen in their everyday life, and how much impact they can create. Our goal is to make it as transparent and accessible as possible to students, so they bring out the leader in themselves.”

For more information or to register ahead please contact Jake Abbott (jabbott@lincolnacademy.org) or Ken Stevenson (stevenson@Lincolnacademy.org).