Teen Leadership Newton: Student-leaders collaborate with city in annual program
NEWTON, N.C. – A group of talented teens has been putting the “leader” in student-leader over the past couple months in the city of Newton.
Teen Leadership Newton is a multi-week program offered by the city that immerses high school students from Newton-Conover High School and Discovery High School in the world of local and state government.
The sessions began with introductions to council members, Newton and Catawba County administrators, and leaders throughout Newton.
Students learned the ins and outs of parliamentary procedure before they headed to Raleigh for a day at the N.C. General Assembly. They met legislators, observed state government officials at work, and viewed the capital from the rooftop of the State Legislative Building.
Back in Newton, the leaders of Sarstedt, the Old Post Office Playhouse, The Corner Table and 2 Pink Magnolias welcomed the teens for behind-the-scenes tours which allowed students imagine what it’s like to be at the helm of Newton’s leading businesses and nonprofits.
Teen Leadership Newton culminated in presentations to the Newton City Council on April 21. In much the same way that city staff and residents stand before the council to request action, the students stood and presented their ideas to Newton’s decision makers.
The innovative list of ideas included a downtown stage, bike hub rentals, an upgraded website to include digital historic archives, a tagging feature to allow people to submit via smartphone photos of areas in need of beautification, and a citywide mobile app to feature all the information residents and visitors need to know about what’s going on in Newton.
Although the formal sessions of Teen Leadership Newton 2015 are now complete, collaboration between city staff and students is underway to implement the students’ ideas.
The student-leaders who took part in Teen Leadership Newton 2015 are:
John Lewis Walker