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GMS Students Attend Leadership Camp



Four Glenwood Middle School students - Malina Dockter, Harshini Seenivasan, Evan House, and Annabel Mollerud - recently attended the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum's Future Presidents of America 2021 Leadership Camp. They completed an application and then went through an interview process with GMS administrators to be selected.

Information About Future Presidents of America Camp

Offered in partnership with the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, Future Presidents of America invited a diverse cohort of local youth to participate in an innovative and engaging, immersive leadership experience. In offering the camp, ALPLM sought to cultivate future leaders through developing individual confidence, civic literacy, and good citizenship. To that end, each day of the camp focused on a key topic related to Presidential leadership, including: communitas and civitas; confidence and qualifications; poise and policy; duty, honor, and sacrifice; and e pluribus unum.

During this week-long experience, participants:

  • Interacted with ALPLM's historians and use President Abraham Lincoln as a lens to examine and understand presidential leadership.

  • Completed an in-depth study of Presidential powers and the rights and responsibilities of the citizen as outlined in the United States Constitution.

  • Engaged with diverse community leaders, including elected officials, through the camp's "Profiles in Leadership" speaker sessions.

  • Received training in dining etiquette and public speaking.

  • Took part in lively debates and thought-provoking discussions around challenges and opportunities facing our future leaders.

  • Learned usable skills to facilitate civil discourse and community engagement.

  • Worked with a group of peers to present a solution for a real-world problem facing our community.

  • Networked with speakers and donors in a reception after the closing ceremony.

Additionally, all participants who completed the program will be invited to participate in ALPLM events throughout the year as Junior Ambassadors of the museum, including the opportunity to help lead and shape future iterations of the camp.