RVS is hosting a student leadership event on Friday with a special guest speaker – Airdrie Today | Team Cansler

According to Neufeld, this year’s Legacy project was inspired by the disconnection and isolation felt by many students and the general public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Rocky View Schools (RVS) Leadership Academy, a division-wide student leadership program, is preparing to host a student leadership restart event on November 25 at the RVS Education Center in Airdrie.

Running throughout Friday morning, the event will feature special guest speaker Drew Dudley (leadership speaker, author and inspirational Ted talker) and will include activities to showcase what the Leadership Academy is all about and bring students from around the world together to the public school department.

According to Eden Neufeld, one of the student leaders organizing the event, Rebooting Student Leadership aims to give high school students a taste of the program, which empowers students to deepen their confidence and expand their social network.

Neufeld, who is currently a 12th grader at Chestermere High School and also in her third year on the programme, said the event will also showcase the programme’s impact on past student leaders.

“We bring back past Leadership Academy alumni to talk about how their time has passed [the program] influenced her in her future and in post-secondary,” Neufeld said.

The student leader added that the event will also host “connection-focused” activities for attendees, culminating in an inspirational keynote presentation by Dudley.

“Drew has been a long-time friend of the Academy program and we’ve had the privilege of speaking with him in the past,” she said. “He’s a very polished speaker and it’s just wonderful to be able to learn from him and see him in action and see where that takes us.”

The Learning Academy, which is offered outside of students’ regular schedule, offers a blended learning environment where students meet in both face-to-face workshops and online video conferencing throughout the school year, according to the RVS website.

Throughout the year, students learn from the expertise of practicing business and community leaders through field trips or guest presentations.

Students also develop skills in self-directed learning, collaboration and communication. They later present a “learning exhibit” at the program’s annual Connect Summit event, according to RVS Community Learning Center instructor Lauren Curry.

“We have a three-year scope and sequence of the Leadership Academy program in Rocky View that attracts students from each high school who come together once a month,” Curry said, adding that any student can apply to participate.

By participating in the program, RVS students can earn full course credits for grades 10, 11, and 12.

The Rebooting Student Leadership event is a “Kickstarter” event to explore the impact that leadership students hope to have as part of their latest legacy project. This year, ten third-graders from different RVS high schools got together to set a topic for their project.

According to Neufeld, this year’s Legacy project was inspired by the disconnection and isolation felt by many students and the general public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“[In school]many people feel very disconnected from their buildings, people have missed that school spirit and staff are struggling because of COVID-19,” she said.

Neufeld said student leaders have realized during the pandemic that people weren’t “showing up for each other” in the way they used to. She added that the Rebooting Student Leadership event is an opportunity to bring together high schools from across the division to feel together again.

“Each high school sends a small team of student leaders to witness this lecture and the events we host throughout the morning,” she said.
“We have a space where we can begin to recognize people who are doing good and people who are focused on making those meaningful and impactful connections and applaud them and support them in any way we can.”

According to Curry, the event will be held at the Airdrie Education Center as it is the ideal venue and has a large capacity.

“We’re able to bring together more than just the students of the Leadership Academy,” Curry said of the Airdries Chinook Winds Drive venue. “On a normal Leadership Academy Day we have around 70 students, but for this event we invited high schools to bring delegations of 25 people from each high school.

“We are more than 200 people coming together for this one.”

Curry said an overarching theme for the event is to gather for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic to give students a chance to learn what face-to-face contact can do to energize them and to inspire.

Neufeld echoed these sentiments, adding that the event’s goal is in its name: “Rebooting Student Leadership.”

“I think restarting student leadership is such an important reason, especially as we get out of the pandemic,” Neufeld said. “I think it’s so important to have an Energizer event like this where people from across the department can come and see the amazing things that happen when student leaders work together.

“Anyone can leave with a deeper sense of what it means to serve your community, be a leader, and connect with other people.”

Neufeld said attending the Leadership Academy was a rewarding experience. She added that she has benefited from competency-based instruction, which she has not experienced in a typical classroom.

“I learned a lot about myself and my values ​​through this program, but also about how to organize events like this and how to organize things that go beyond the classroom,” she said.

“A lot of the work we did spanned the entire department, and it really was [rewarding] to see how far our team can go.”

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