by LCVB staff member

Arthur Holden Leadership Institute Exhibits at Student Achievement Fair

Arthur Holden Leadership Institute

With another amazing opportunity for Lake County students, the Lake County Outdoor Y’s Arthur Holden Leadership Institute will be featured as one of 100 programs during the 14th annual Student Achievement Fair on November 13 at the 2012 Ohio School Board Association (OSBA) Capital Conference and Trade Show! OSBA is showcasing 100 innovative programs at this year’s fair, held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus.  Attending with 10,000 school board members, administrators, teachers, students, vendors and guests, our Lake County students will attend the four-day Capital Conference to show off their achievements in the program.

The Lake County Outdoor Y’s Arthur Holden Leadership Institute (AHLI) was selected to participate based upon the program’s creativity and positive impact on student achievement. AHLI focuses on a different environmental issue (water, soil and energy) in each year of the three-year program, building up to a student garden which provides fresh vegetables and a community project the teens create and execute to reflect on what they learned and help educate others.

Through collecting samples and testing soil, hiking and observing the Grand River Valley to touring water treatment plants and power plants, AHLI enhances student math and science skills and problem solving abilities thereby increasing the likelihood of their future academic success. Students also develop their communication and leadership skills as they work individually, on a team and with researchers, scientists, conservationists, and engineers in the field.

Leaders of the program and schools are very excited about their inclusion in the fair.

“Our focus on youth development and our partnerships with other agencies in Lake County has added to the effectiveness of AHLI. We are building confidence, encouraging interest in math and science, and creating a new generation of contributing and engaged young adults,” said Dick Bennett, Lake County YMCA Executive Director and CEO.

“Heritage Middle School and Painesville City Schools are very proud to have the opportunity for our AHLI students and program to be spotlighted at the OSBA Conference. We are very fortunate and thankful for the opportunity provided by the Lake County Y as well as the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation,” added Missy DeAngelis, Assistant Principal at Painesville City Schools.

If you are interested in attending this wonderful event to support our Painesville City Schools, click here for more information.  On the OSBA site, you can also request an entry form for the 2013 fair.

Students are chosen for the Lake County AHLI based on recommendations from their teachers and their application for the program. The three-year program gives these students practical field experience through hands-on versus traditional learning activities. Students meet twice a month; once for an afterschool learning session at Heritage Middle School (Painesville City Schools) to prepare, then for a field trip activity at various locations throughout Lake County.

The overall planned activities center around green spaces and focus on the areas of water, soil and energy. As Sixth Graders, students study water. Then as Seventh Graders, students study soil and energy. In the final year, students study energy as well as develop and implement a service project—the capstone for the program, allowing them to reflect on all of the environmental issues that have been raised and develop a plan to address them.

Congratulations, students!  Have a great time at the fair!


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