High school students who are college bound known that grades, test scores, and college prep classes weigh in heavily when it comes to admission. Leadership also matters with many colleges taking a close look at a student’s extracurricular activities and just how involved they are. Student Council, Key Club, and serving as an officer in a school club are both great ways to gain some leadership experience. Here are other places where a teenager can find leadership opportunities.
Become a camp counselor
Youth organizations such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H, and even your local YMCA all offer a camp counselor-in-training program where teens can learn how to be an effective leader. If your teen belongs to one of these organizations, it’s never too early to start asking for details since some groups can only take a limited number of teens into the program.
It wasn’t until one of my teens joined Campus Ministry that I discovered how much leadership was involved in this organization. Teen Campus Ministers coordinate retreats, lead small faith groups, give talks, and organize charity drives which is a great way to gain experience in a broad range of leadership tasks.
Chamber of Commerce
The local Chamber of Commerce is also a good place to look for leadership opportunities. Our local Chamber along with many others throughout the U.S. offer leadership programs just for teens which introduces them to the ins-and-outs of the business world.
Say “yes” to committees
Most of us think of the roles of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer as the only “real” officer positions in a club. Being a committee chairperson is also a considered an officer position which is why your teen should say “yes” to heading one of the many committee groups that are part of an active club.
Creating a DIY leadership project
Teens can also find leadership opportunities at the charities where they volunteer. For example, one of my teens once organized a food drive for a local soup kitchen. Another one coordinated a neighborhood cleanup day. And my youngest child lectures about poverty to local schools and church groups. Your teen can turn any type of charitable volunteerism into a leadership project by simply organizing an event for that charity and then handling all the details involved.
Finding leadership opportunities for your teen is really easier than you might think. These ideas are a great place to start your search.
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