Thirty students from Burnsville Alternative High School (BAHS) are participating in a year-long leadership academy in which they will develop three service projects designed to have positive impact on their school and community.
The students were recommended for the academy by their teachers and other school staff members based on the leadership skills they’ve already demonstrated.
“It’s a great opportunity for students to gain skills, experiences and knowledge, and then demonstrate what they’ve learned by developing community service projects,” said Courtnee Jackson Floback, youth service coordinator with Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Community Education. “I’m excited about the positive impact these students will have on their school and wider community.”
The academy kicked off on Oct. 25 with students working individually on ways to thank someone who has invested in them in a “big way” and made an impact in their lives.
The service project in December will emphasize teamwork by asking students to “Drive, Do and Deliver” during the winter season.
As the academy winds up in May, students will work together to identify a community issue they’d most like to address on a larger scale. Then they’ll apply the leadership skills they’ve learned to create and implement the service project.
The leadership academy was developed and funded by Chick-fil-a. Students from Burnsville High School participated in the program last year.