Leadership Development Activities
The student council and National Honor Society at Edison HS in Minneapolis, MN, joined forces to sponsor a leadership day to provide training for student leaders from all student groups. Each group was invited to send leaders to leadership day, which included icebreakers, problem solving, trust building, discussion of common issues, and other training.
The student council at Baldwin HS in Pittsburgh, Pa., celebrates the election of the new officers with a leadership luncheon followed by an afternoon of teambuilding activities and workshops where officers learn about their specific officer roles. This type of activity would also be a great way to celebrate National Student Leadership Week.
Leadership Recognition Program
Because of the large number of students who belong to both student council and NHS, Washington Township HS in Valparaiso, Ind., conducts a leadership recognition program at the end of each school year in which they combine the student council program with National Honor Society induction. They begin the evening with all leadership awards (Boys and Girls State, DAR, and others) then move on to recognize outgoing student council officers. New student council officers are inducted and the program moves to the National Honor Society inductions.
After the induction ceremony they conclude with a children's story. Each year they use a different children's story, relating the theme of the evening-- including decorations, cakes, and a gift for each student--to the book. "I have used Caretakers of Wonder and gave each student a star key chain. The Empty Pot was read with each student getting a small clay pot with a seed in it; a short fable about frogs jumping into a hole was read last year and each student received a small frog," said Diane Warren, student council adviser.
Each May, the student council of St. Mark's HS in Wilmington, Del., sponsors a leadership breakfast for senior leaders and their parents, coaches, and advisers. Invitees are determined by asking each coach and adviser to nominate three seniors from his or her team, club, or organization who demonstrated outstanding leadership. The day of the breakfast begins with a mass (it's a Catholic school) during which three students share what being a leader has meant to them. The breakfast is a formal, sit-down affair. Underclassmen wear nice outfits and serve the breakfast that is provided by a caterer. The guest speaker is usually a recent graduate who shares how he or she has translated high school leadership experiences into his or her college experience.