CBPP’s Leadership Fellows Program Grows Younger
The well-recognized and successful College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP) Leadership Fellows Program has partnered with Clar
One would think that academic programs would not be able to grow younger. But not in this case. The well-recognized and successful College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP) Leadership Fellows Program has partnered with Clark Middle School to grow fledgling leaders in Anchorage and Alaska.
On Saturday, January 24th at Clark Middle School, Dean Prasad and Chancellor Case kicked off the Leadership Fellows Junior Program. Over 50 people attended the event co-hosted by Clark Middle School’s Principal Cessilye Williams and CBPP’s Assistant Professor of Leadership, Dr. Terry A. Nelson. In addition to the excited and smiling Junior Fellows, parents, supporters from the Mountain View community, University of Alaska Anchorage, Clark Middle School, and Anchorage School District were in attendance.
Similar to its college-level Leadership Fellows program, the Leadership Fellows Junior program focuses on helping adolescent students improve their leadership skills. The 16 eighth-grade students were selected by Clark Middle School staff via a rigorous process, involving a comprehensive application with both academic and extracurricular components. Over the next few months, the chosen Fellows will attend six leadership development classes that emphasize negotiations, ethics, public speaking, leadership qualities, etiquette, and tips for a successful college experience. Additionally, the students will complete a community engagement project. The students will be mentored by CBPP faculty, UAA staff, and the Leadership Fellows (UAA undergraduate and graduate students). The Leadership Fellows Juniors will graduate from the program on April 3rd alongside their UAA counterparts.
Dr. Terry Nelson was awarded a faculty minigrant from the Center for Community Engagement & Learning to help establish the program. Principal Williams provided additional funding to support the program.