BLUFFTON — For 25 years now, Allen Lima Leadership (ALL) has taken their adult leadership building class and extended the program to high school students. On Friday, the newest batch of students got its first taste of what the class is like.
The latest class consists of 33 area high school students, who spend the day at the Moyer Nature Center and on the campus of Bluffton University, where they participated in team-building activities, learned about their own leadership styles and received insight on how to make a successful transition from high school to higher education.
“I want them to experience new things to get out of their typical orbit and soar into other orbits and get the experience to be around other peers that are in other schools that come from different backgrounds,” said ALL Executive Director Matthew Childers. “The idea of coming to a university campus is perfect for these youngsters because they get a sense of ‘hey, what’s my next chapter in life?’ and that next chapter may or may not be university, but if it is, they get a really good sense of what a university provides.”
Students received some guidance on university life from Bluffton Senior Admissions Counselor Alyssa Eby.
“I think it’s always really good when we can work with the community,” Eby said. “This is bigger than just going to college, so we want to give them an opportunity to get on campus, but also we want to show that we’re outreaching to the community and we want to be a resource for them.”
The students showed a willingness to learn about themselves and their peers, taking time to find out their own leadership style. After taking the survey, the class was overwhelmingly filled with students who scored high in the ‘relative’ category, reflecting the traits of supportive individuals who make calculated decisions.
Perry High Junior Grant Miller said that he was encouraged by his counselors to be a part of the ALL youth class.
“It’s just a good opportunity to learn how to be a good leader and all that kind of stuff,” he said.
At the end of the day, students enjoyed some time outside walking the nature preserve and went back in for a discussion about their own communities, bringing the day full circle from all of the topics and activities that they discussed earlier.
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