Teen Leadership Newton is a program aimed at developing future community leaders. The City of Newton hosts students from Newton-Conover and Discovery high schools for several weekly sessions. Students are challenged to become the future governmental, business and non-profit leaders in the community.
The program explores the qualities and aspects of being a leader through discussion panels, personal interactions with leaders and business tours. Participants learn about local government and parliamentary procedure, and also experience and hear directly from leaders in Newton.
Students taking part in Teen Leadership Newton also engage in a group project culminating with presentations to the Newton City Council. Each group chooses a hot topic it believes the City Council should address in the next decade. Topics in 2013 included drugs, the quality of life and the environment.
The April 2013 edition of "Catawba Communities" highlighted the program. Here's what students had to say about Teen Leadership Newton:
Teen Leadership Newton 2013 graduates following their presentations to the Newton City Council. Pictured: Front row, from left, Phillip Wagner, Sam Abernathy, Jorge Bautista, Andrew Thavychith. Back row, from left, Olivia Abernethy, Jessica Benitez, Stephen Bechtel, Sophie Davis, Wilson Elliott, Turner Glynn, Karis Shook, Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman, Rachael Hamm, Alex Howell, Ashlyn Karre, Camaron Loritts, Sarahi Robles, Niamh Sinclair, Taylor Thompson.