Summer 2015 SLP Programs Keep Students Engaged

Fri, September 11, 2015

The Student Leadership Program (SLP) is a community program designed to equip students with tangible skills to explore careers and leadership beyond the classroom. Launched in 2008, the program has grown from its roots in Chatham County, Georgia, to Glynn County Georgia in 2014 and Appleton, Wisconsin, launching this fall.

To help keep SLP students engaged during summer, the freshmen, sophomore and junior students are involved with summer SLP programs. These programs are community service events and include an educational field trip to build upon learning experiences from SLP events held during the school year.

In June, more than 100 freshmen SLP students traveled from Savannah and Brunswick to visit the MOSH (Museum of Science and History) and Adventure Landing in Jacksonville, Florida.

In mid-July, more than 70 sophomore SLP students participated in a three-day trip to Augusta and Atlanta. They were exposed to post-secondary education and career options and developed peer relationships and teamwork.

The students toured Georgia Regents University and Augusta Technical College. They visited Fort Gordon, where soldiers set up a mobile communications display to show how the Army communicates from remote areas of the world. They also learned about the Army’s Physical Training requirements and information about the Army Color Guard.

The sophomore students also enjoyed visiting the Delta Air Lines Museum in Atlanta, as well as Six Flags. The trip concluded with a team building course at Rock Eagle 4-H Center.

In late July, more than 80 junior SLP students participated in a four-day trip to Washington, D.C. The trip was designed as a leadership and citizenship experience. Students visited popular monuments and memorials, such as the Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Korean War Memorial, MLK Memorial and FDR Memorial. The students visited different Smithsonian Institution facilities to learn about the different aspects of American history. They enjoyed a trip to the NASA headquarters, where NASA administrator Major General Charles Bolden addressed the students, as well as a visit to General Dynamics headquarters, where Stedman Graham was the speaker. The trip concluded with t a community service project in partnership with the Montgomery County Parks and Little Falls Watershed Alliance to remove invasive plants from the park.

“This was a wonderful trip that made me look at and enjoy life differently,” said one student.

During the course of the summer, SLP students in Savannah and Brunswick also participated in community CrossTown Helpout events. On June 18, the Savannah SLP students volunteered at the Camp Low Girl Scouts Camp. They helped clean the cabins, restore trails and apply deck protectant to the boardwalk and dock. On July 7, the Brunswick SLP students partnered with United Way and the City of Brunswick to help clean and beautify a local park by planting flowers, mulching and removing invasive plants.

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