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HCS Middle School Students Attend Empower Youth Leadership Conference

Twenty of our HCS middle school students recently attended the Empower Youth Leadership Conference at the Holiday Inn, Burlington. They were joined by 30 other students from towns in Vermont, including Williston, Winooski, Burlington, Grand Isle, and South Burlington. The students participated in workshops designed to build personal leadership skills.

The day started with middle schoolers working with student facilitators to get to know each other, identify and celebrate those who have been leaders in their lives, and to create their dreams for a better world. These ideas were shared with students in Uganda via a live Skype conversation. As the day progressed, students engaged in activities aimed to enhance communication skills. Highlights included creating vision boards that identified future goals and learning about the power of nonverbal communication. In a workshop on money smarts, students learned about credit, debt, investing, and compound interest. The day ended with students learning how to practice and express gratitude as a way to bring abundance and positivity into their lives.

The event was organized by Hinesburg Community School teacher, Mary Muroski, and Charlotte Central School Counselor, Kathy Batty, and co-sponsored by the Children’s Legacy Partnership through a grant from the NOVO and Education First Foundations. Local sponsors, who helped with the event included, Larkin Realty, Holiday Inn Burlington, New England Federal Credit Union, and Lantman’s Market in Hinesburg. Another conference will be held in the fall and more of our students will be invited to attend. It was so heartening to see the insight that these future leaders have to make the world a better place for all!