ROME – It is not boot camp, but more than 180 students from Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) are participating in an overnight Leadership Education Conference. The goal – to become leaders.
“I never give up,” said 8th grade student, Maddie Wade, “I found myself more successful when I don’t give up.”
There are leaders everywhere. Some born knowing and some who just need a little push to find their hidden talent.
“They come to the Leadership Education Conference at Pine Tree Camp to do a variety of different leadership initiatives, for them to work on those leadership skills that need as individuals, as well as a team of leaders,” said Matt St. John, a Central Regional Manager for JMG.
“It is going to help me with problem solving and how to work with other people to do things,” said 8th grade student, Robert Clark.
These students are selected from their teachers because of their strong leadership abilities.
“It makes me want to keep going because it’s good to know that I am being invited to these kind of places to be a leader, so that I can step up to the plate,” said Logan Geiser, an 8th grade student.
The activities are created to challenge the students’ problem solving skills and confidence, so that they can practice their skills before hitting the job market.
“I can’t believe you kids are doing this. You guys are amazing,” said Lisa Gardner, the director of Stewardship at JMG, “It gives them terrific perspective for what’s ahead and a sense of, I belong. I am valuable and worth while; I can do this.”