Students from all of Mississippi's postsecondary institutions can
gain the tools and resources necessary for community leadership
during a retreat May 23-28 at The University of Southern Mississippi.
for the Student Civic Leadership retreat, sponsored by the Center
for Community and Civic Engagement, will be accepted through the
end of April. Although students from all of the state's postsecondary
institutions are eligible to apply, only 10 teams of about three
to four students each will be selected.
will be given to those teams that promote diversity by including
a variety of students: minorities, undergraduates, graduate students,
honor students and students with disabilities.
is an evolving and crucial need that shifts and changes as communities
change," said J.J. Trotta, interim director for CCCE. "Students
have an opportunity to tap into talents that will increase their
engagement with civic life, particularly as it relates to community
service, voting, and traditional forms of civic engagement."
are selected will receive free meals and lodging during the weeklong
retreat; the only cost for participating will be transportation
will focus on the following leadership skills: finding the leader
within; civics, history, and democratic principles; identifying
community assets; managing groups; making meetings work; managing
conflicts; building partnerships; developing action plans; effective
evaluation; and communicating for change.
completing the leadership training, student teams will receive a
$750 mini-grant from the CCCE to implement their civic action plans
within their communities.
leadership is about establishing new ways of thinking and new patterns
of behavior to help a community move towards action. It also relies
on embracing the belief that people from different backgrounds can
and must work together," said Jennifer Brewington, program
coordinator for CCCE.
The goal of
the Student Civic Leadership retreat is to equip students with tools
and resources that prepare them to become community leaders, Brewington
said. "It is an opportunity for students to work with their
communities to form a civic action plan to address community needs.
By becoming a leader, you can work with others to envision and implement
service projects designed to improve your community."
Using the LeadershipPlenty®
program, which focuses on specific skills to bring about change
within a community, participants will learn how to identify community
assets, manage conflicts and build strategic partnerships within
a community. Students will also have an opportunity to hear from
guest speakers who exemplify leadership within their communities.
to apply for the Student Civic Leadership retreat is April 30. Applications
can be obtained online at www.usm.edu/ccce.
Civic Leadership retreat is sponsored by the Mississippi Higher
Education Consortium, a Learn and Serve America program administered
by the Mississippi Center for Community and Civic Engagement. Program
materials are provided by LeadershipPlenty®, a Pew Partnership
for Civic Change initiative.
For more information,
contact Jennifer Brewington by phone at (601) 266-5208 or by e-mail