Minnesota MILE's mission is to identify outstanding high school sophomores for being responsible citizens in their communities and schools and provide them with the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through the promotion of personal responsibility, volunteerism, and social awareness. The student in attendance from each school is selected by their guidance counselor, dean, or principal as one who already exhibits positive leadership qualities in their school and community or who shows leadership potential that may simply need some added encouragement.
The high-energy weekend consists of team-building activities, motivational speakers, a volunteer / college fair, a service leadership-based curriculum, small group discussions and more.. There is also an opportunity for delegates’ parents to get involved at the end of the seminar!
What kind of program is planned for the leadership seminar?
At the core of the leadership seminar is the Leadership 101 Curriculum, which was devised exclusively for MILE to teach concepts in leadership, including self-exploration, goal setting and group dynamics.
Leaders from business, government, science, education, and the professions will provide stimulating ideas that complement our service leadership curriculum and mission. In addition, MILE delegates will participate in hands-on activities and discussions that encourage leadership development through emphasis on personal responsibility, volunteerism, increased awareness of social issues, and open-minded analysis of all sides to an issue when making decisions..The emphasis will be on motivating the delegates to make positive contributions to their schools and communities and to be aware, active, and responsible citizens.
Why is the program limited to high school sophomores?
High school sophomores are influential members of their schools, communities, and social networks. Having completed two years of high school and with two years remaining, sophomores are at a prime age to discover new or deeper understandings of one’s values and leadership potential, and to apply learnings to their personal goals, schools and communities.