Building Tomorrow’s Leaders Today program was recognized and honored for work in leadership development with a 2017 Program Excellence Award at the NDSU Extension Service and Research Extension Center Conference held recently. The award is sponsored by the Farm and Ranch Guide.
Twenty-four students in grades eight to 12 from Langdon area, St. Alphonsus, Walhalla and Munich schools spent three Sundays last fall/winter gaining skills in public speaking, effective communication and meeting management, parliamentary procedure, managing conflict, personal branding and legislative strategy. They attended a board meeting, heard from local leaders and taught parliamentary procedure to younger students. Students also met with legislators and the state superintendent of public instruction.
After the program, 100 percent felt they were prepared to serve in a leadership role, and 88 percent felt confident they could run a meeting using parliamentary procedure. Three months later, 92 percent had accepted a leadership role in an organization of which they are a member.
Team members included Macine Lukach, Dawson Schefter, Stanley Dick, Todd Borchardt, Cavalier County Job Development Authority, Kayla Lee and Chalmer Dettler.
An exciting next step is that the program will continue on a state-wide basis after this first pilot in Langdon. A team of Extension agents worked closely with ND Department of Public Instruction staff to develop a comprehensive civic engagement program, Building Tomorrow’s Leaders, (BTL) which combines Building Tomorrow’s Leaders Today and other civic engagement Extension programs.