Below is a list of leadership opportunities for LSW students. If interested in any of these programs, please see Mr. Sederberg in the Counseling Center for more information about how to apply.
Cornhusker Girls State
Each summer approximately 25,000 young women participate in Girls State sessions across the nation. At Girls State, the delegates study local, county, and state government. The girls do this by setting up their own miniature city, county, and state governments and administer them according to the rules and procedures set by Nebraska’s laws.
After arriving at Cornhusker Girls State, the citizens are divided into 8 towns named after the Presidents of the United States. The citizens are also divided into two political parties — the Federalists and the Nationalists. These parties do not reflect the two major political parties in today’s system of government. The parties allow citizens to gain knowledge of how a two-party system operates.
Girls State citizens participate in these mock political parties and elections are held to fill city, county, and state positions. Other activities include legislative sessions, campaigning, party rallies, mock trials, and debating. The citizens also receive instruction in Parliamentary Procedure.
Details: Girls who have completed their junior year of high school may apply. Applications are open towards the beginning of 3rd term. The cost of participating in this program is normally covered by the American Legion. For more information visit: http://girlsstate.net/nebraska/wp/
Cornhusker Boys State
Boys’ State purports “to educate our youth in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship.” It is wholly a plan for training in the practical aspects of government. It is functional in that applications of the principles of democratic government are made in every possible way. Boys’ State should be thought of as being a mythical 51st state with a constitution, statutes and ordinances constructed by the citizens to govern themselves.
Citizens of Boys’ State not only will be required to review knowledge already acquired concerning the political machinery of a commonwealth, but they will find themselves performing exactly the same functions as real officeholders in the everyday world. In Boys’ State, citizens organize their own city, county and state governments. They choose their own officials in accordance with regulation election procedures. They learn the duties of the various city, county and state offices. They introduce and argue their own bills in a legislature. Justice is administered by their own law enforcement agencies and courts. In Boys’ State, the young citizen has the opportunity to learn for himself that his government is just what he makes it. Here each boy “learns to do by doing.”
Details: Boys who have completed their junior year of high school may apply. Applications are open towards the beginning of 3rd term. The cost of this program is normally covered by the American Legion. For more information visit: https://cornhuskerboysstate.org/home/
Youth Leadership Lincoln
Participants in this program are high school sophomores. They spend one day a month together discovering there are others like them outside their geographic bubble who live in other parts of the city and county. They grow to understand how our city, county and state function, they gain a deeper understanding of businesses in Lincoln and they broaden their understanding of Lincoln’s nonprofit sector as well.
The Youth cohort is interactive and hands-on helping the participants develop leadership and team participation skills. They have the opportunity to meet with community leaders from across Lincoln and learn how they can help maintain the quality of life we enjoy.
Participants in our youth program come from schools throughout Lancaster county and begin their year together with a retreat that helps them begin to develop leadership skills, form teams and understand group dynamics. Each month during the year they’ll learn about community visions, business, government, human services, and health.
Details: All freshmen who would like to participate in the program during their sophomore years may apply. If selected to participate, tuition is $350 to take part in the program. For more information visit: https://www.leadershiplincoln.org/programs/actioncenter/youth.html
Governor’s Youth Advisory Council
Being a responsible citizen doesn’t mean sitting back and letting other people make decisions for you. It means getting involved in shaping the character of our families, our schools, our communities and our state.
The Governor’s Youth Advisory Council (GYAC) is a body of young Nebraskans between the ages of 14 and 19 who are committed to being informed and taking a stand on the public issues that affect young people the most – education, finance, careers and employment, recreation, health, drug and alcohol abuse, foster care and more.
Details: Must be between 14 and 19 years old. Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis as positions on the council become open. For more information visit: https://www.projecteverlast.org/councils/gyac.html
Nebraska Leadership Seminar
Here at Nebraska Leadership Seminar, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place for all. NLS cultivates young leaders of Nebraska in an atmosphere of personal discovery and skills development. Our vision is to Challenge, Empower, and Inspire leaders through educational programs and networking guided towards life-long leadership and community involvement. Members of the Nebraska Leadership Seminar community will be known for their skills, dedication, and energy for societal betterment. The Nebraska Leadership Seminar is normally held in June.
Details: High school sophomores may apply. If selected to participate, tuition is $200 to take part in the program. For more information visit: https://www.nebraskaleadership.org/
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminars
Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to provide lifelong leadership development opportunities that empower individuals to achieve their highest potential. HOBY programs are conducted annually throughout the United States, serving local and international high school students.
HOBY programs provide youth selected by their schools to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning and motivation-building experiences. Due to the selfless efforts of volunteers and the contributions of generous donors, nearly 9,000 students participate in HOBY programs annually.
HOBY Nebraska’s primary mission is to sponsor an outstanding leadership development conference for over 175 high school sophomores each summer. Additional programming is offered to high school freshmen and HOBY alumni throughout the year. HOBY Nebraska was founded over 35 years ago, and has held seminars at multiple sites across the state. Beginning in 2017, the seminar was moved to the campus of Concordia University in Seward, NE, where it remains today. The Nebraska HOBY Leadership Seminar generally takes place the weekend following Memorial Day.
Details: High school sophomores may apply. If selected to participate, tuition ranges from $225 to $425 to take part in the program. For more information visit: https://hobynebraska.org/
Launch Leadership Workshops
Launch Leadership is a volunteer-powered nonprofit, passionate about empowering middle and high school students through experience-based leadership training. Our Volunteer Staff is comprised of college students, professional educators and professionals from other walks of life.
We facilitate various services throughout the year, including One-Day Workshops and Leadership Retreats that take place at local schools. We can also help program and run conventions for your group. In the summer, our Summer Leadership Workshop brings together more than 400 students for an action-packed week of fun activities and lifelong learning.
Everything we do is focused on helping students find out who they are and how they lead. Then, we challenge everyone to think about how they can apply what they’ve learned to the real world. The result is a community infused with thousands of motivated, focused, ambitious young leaders. And we’re just getting started.
Details: There are two summer workshops- one in June and one in July. There are also programs held throughout the school year. If selected to participate, tuition is $350 to take part in the program. For more information visit: https://www.launchleadership.org/