Wyalusing Youth Leadership Program

Wyalusing Youth Leadership Program

The WCC sponsors a Youth Leadership Program for incoming juniors in the Wyalusing School District.

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Photos from Wyalusing Youth Leadership Program's post 14/01/2024
Photos from Wyalusing Youth Leadership Program's post 14/01/2024

We had a wonderful time at the Keystone Theater when we visited in December for our lessons on “The Arts and Culture”. First, everyone was there for the first time this year, and they all looked great in their Christmas sweaters.
We started the day with a tour of the historic Keystone Theater, including many places that the public never gets to see. The view from the balcony was amazing!

Photos from Wyalusing Youth Leadership Program's post 14/01/2024

The students were encouraged to go up on stage and sing with Sophia Alvarez. Only a few volunteered until they were voluntold to join with the students already on the stage. They sang Christmas Carols and were shown the items that would be used in the radio play of It’s a Wonderful Life. The highlight was when Sophia sang a song by Alicia Keys

Photos from Wyalusing Youth Leadership Program's post 14/01/2024

From there we went downstairs into the dance studio, where there was a floor-to-ceiling , wall-to-wall mirror. First we did several writing activities including writing a how-to-brush-your teeth essay, without using the words tooth, teeth, brush, paste, and water. They got very creative in writing this description. The second writing activity involved identifying the meaning of several vanity plates on cars, such as BRBDL (Barbie Doll) or HIOFFCR (Hi, officer). They were to write a short story telling about the owner of that car, what is in the trunk, back seat, glove compartment, and a short story about where the person was going. It was very funny!! The theater provided popcorn and sodas for everyone.

Photos from Wyalusing Youth Leadership Program's post 14/01/2024

Then it was time to dance!!! They danced to “The Cupid Shuffle,” and “. The highlight for me was when Joslyn Miller and Jillian Capwell taught them new dance that those two girls had created. Things went fairly smoothly until the kick line, and then it fell apart! It was lots of fun though!!!

Photos from Wyalusing Youth Leadership Program's post 14/01/2024

Back at the TW Room the students wrote thank you notes and talked about the fun they had at the theater. I taught the “Electric Slide”, and we finished the day with Pictionary.
Our next outing will be to the Wyalusing Library and Museum for “History and Heritage” lessons.

Photos from Wyalusing Youth Leadership Program's post 28/11/2023

The November adventure of the WCC Youth Leadership Program started with the students divided into two groups. One group went to CHOP to help get backpacks ready to distribute to schools in Bradford County and beyond. Their job was to unpack boxes of crackers, applesauce, tacos, breakfast bars, and more into large tubs to be used in filling backpacks. The second group went there after their visit to Foster Hall.

Photos from Wyalusing Youth Leadership Program's post 28/11/2023

At Foster Hall the students met Mr. Jon Schultz, former Wyalusing High School teacher, and Mrs. Heidi Chamberlain, who told them about the history of the building and the unique antique items and other things sold there. They had crackers and pepper jelly for a snack and got to select two pieces of Leopold chocolates for a treat. They spent time in the basement of the building where many fascinating items were found. The first group did the same when they finished at CHOP.

Photos from Wyalusing Youth Leadership Program's post 28/11/2023

When we all got back together, we drove to the Bradford County Public Safety Building, which houses the 911 Center and the Drone. The students took a tour of the building and got to see how 911 works. The highlight of the day was getting to see the drone in action. Mr. Matt Williams showed the students how the drone works, and they got to see it go up and land and could see what the drone could see from inside the building. The drone took photos of the students on the ground from up in the sky. I always try to get photos of the gentlemen holding the doors!!!

Photos from Wyalusing Youth Leadership Program's post 28/11/2023

For lunch we went to OIP in Wysox for pizza and lemonade or water. Next time it’s Chinese, I promise!!!

Photos from Wyalusing Youth Leadership Program's post 28/11/2023

When we got back to the TW room, the students wrote thank-you notes to all the people who helped us that day.

Photos from Wyalusing Youth Leadership Program's post 28/11/2023

Then it was time for some of the students to share their tree cookies, which were a representation of important events in their lives.

Photos from Wyalusing Youth Leadership Program's post 28/11/2023

The rest of the students were assigned a project to choose someone they admire, print a photo and a description of their lives, and choose a quotation about leadership that the person had said. The students chose people who were significant to them and their interests: Steve Prefontaine, Dwight Eisenhower, Franklin Graham, John Kennedy, Jennie Finch, Princess Diana, Carlos Santana, Bob Ross, Harriet Tubman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Conner McGregor.

28/11/2023

By that time, the day was over, and the students returned to the high school. Next month we will be going to the Keystone Theater, for our Christmas event. The students may dress down and are expected to wear Christmas sweaters, (ugly or not). They will get a tour of the building, perform on stage if they wish, and do some dancing and other activities!

10/11/2023

The Wyalusing Community Corp Youth Leadership outing in October was to the Bradford County Courthouse. For the first time we had to travel by bus because the van wouldn’t hold all 22 of the students. It’s a wonderful “problem” to have!

Photos from Wyalusing Youth Leadership Program's post 10/11/2023

When we got to the courthouse, we were met by Commissioners John Sullivan, Darryl Miller, and Doug McLinko and got our traditional photo on the steps inside the courthouse. The students met with the commissioners in one of the courtrooms where they explained about their jobs and answered questions from the students.

10/11/2023

The students were taken on a tour of the other offices within the building including meeting the public The part that interested the students the most was getting to sit in a courtroom and listen to bail hearings. Most of the hearings were done by Zoom, but several defendants were present in the courtroom. I was mistaken when I thought they might be bored then, and I had them leave the courtroom. They didn’t want to leave, so we went back in for another 30 minutes. No pictures were allowed during this time. Judge Burnes spoke briefly to the students between cases.

Photos from Wyalusing Youth Leadership Program's post 10/11/2023

On the way out of the courthouse, we met up with Sheriff CJ Walters, who talked to the students for several minutes about his job and posed for a picture with the students.

Photos from Wyalusing Youth Leadership Program's post 10/11/2023

Lunch was at McDonalds, which went pretty well, except for the few who waited too long for their nuggets. I was very proud of their behavior and that they cleaned up after themselves.

Photos from Wyalusing Youth Leadership Program's post 10/11/2023

When we got back to the TW Room, the students wrote thank-you notes to the various people who helped us on this outing.
The next activity was for the students who missed the last meeting to share the contents of their brown bags.

Photos from Wyalusing Youth Leadership Program's post 10/11/2023

Then the rest of the group shared their “tree cookies.” We had discussed what could be learned from looking at a slice of a tree and were asked to create their own “tree cookie” representing the first 16-18 years of their lives. We had two cookies made of cake and candy, so we enjoyed them for dessert. The rest of the students will share their tree cookies in November.

10/11/2023

Our next outing will be to CHOP, Foster Hall, and the Bradford County Department of Public Safety where the students will see the 911 Center and the drone in action. Thanks as always to the Wyalusing Community Corp for their support!!!

30/09/2023

We had hoped to go to Endless Mountain Outfitters to kayak in September and then participate in several team-building activities there. The kayak trip had to be cancelled because of unsafe river conditions, but we still had hopes of doing the team building. However, the weather forecasters said we would have thunder storms all afternoon on the planned day, so we had to cancel. Naturally, there was no rain, so it was very disappointing.

Photos from Wyalusing Youth Leadership Program's post 30/09/2023

The first activity was to share their brown bags and what was in them. They were to put three items in their bag that are important to them and will tell us something about them. Finding out what is important to the students is always highly informative and interesting.

Photos from Wyalusing Youth Leadership Program's post 30/09/2023

An activity from the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, called “Be Proactive,” encourages the students to stop worrying about things in their lives over which they have no control. This is exceedingly difficult for everyone to do, especially teenagers. To demonstrate this, the students were asked to place phrases about things in their lives, in either the “Control” or “No Control” section of a circle. For example, they were to decide if they had control or no control over whether their friends smoked-no control, or whether they chose to smoke-control.

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