Teams of student leaders from a Marana intermediate school and six Marana elementary schools will present their final project during the conclusion of the Marana Youth Leadership Summit on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 9:30 a.m. at Twin Peaks Elementary School, 7995 W. Twin Peaks Rd, Tucson 85741.
The Marana Youth Leadership Summit began on August 28 – 29. Twin Peaks Elementary School hosted the 2-day intensive workshop. Students from Picture Rocks Intermediate School as well as Ironwood, Twin Peaks, Rattlesnake Ridge, Roadrunner, Quail Run, and Estes elementary schools participated in the Summit.
Summit participants learned how to identify their own leadership strengths and opportunities for improvement. They learned how to work effectively in teams, and how to find solutions to pressing problems using minimal resources.
Since the 2-day Summit, each student team has worked on creating an original project to make their good school even better. The projects are aimed at making their schools safer, more welcoming, and more conducive for everyone's success. Teams have had 6 weeks to bring their projects to fruition. Teams will present their final project on October 18.
The program is conducted by its creator, John Jay Bonstingl, a nationally-recognized expert on developing leadership potential in business, education, and health care, based on his best-selling book Schools of Quality, with more than a quarter-million copies in print.
"These Marana students are among the best I have ever worked with," said Bonstingl, who created his unique program 15 years ago and has been conducting it throughout the USA and in several countries overseas including Brazil, India, and Nepal. "These kids are sharp, attentive, and very creative. I will feel good about putting our country's future into their hands a few years from now."
Twin Peaks school counselor Shari Attebery coordinated the event.
“This summit has provided students, including those with quiet leadership skills, an opportunity to really shine within their school,” Attebery said, who is a Twin Peaks Elementary school counselor. “Students have gained valuable self-confidence and further development of their own leadership qualities through this process.”