Teens learn leadership tools

The Westshore Young Leaders' annual leadership conference was held recently at the Westlake Recreation Center.

The 2015/16 Westshore Young Leaders Network continues to flourish as they spice up their Leadership Training by welcoming their new partner, Flo Brett, founder and executive director of Effective Leadership Academy, a Beachwood-based nonprofit. ELA partners with schools and youth groups to provide programs that help improve personal and organizational results through action-based team-building strategies, goal achievement, and positive attitude development.

Westlake Recreation Center was the site for the Annual Leadership Training where 100 middle/high school students from the six western suburbs and their school representatives put on their “Leadership Tool Belts” to become better equipped as leaders. Some of the tools in their belts included: putting on a leadership mindset, knowing yourself and your team, tuning up your personality, tackling team challenges and creating a web of influence.

On the third Thursday of every month you will find many of these same devoted students at the WYLN Monthly Teen Meeting which is held in the Bay Village Police Department Community 
Room. Each meeting has a focus on alcohol/drug prevention strategies while reinforcing and building teens' self-esteem through leadership development.

Students have the opportunity to network with friends from other schools. This unique assembly gives teens the affirmation of peers and allows them to develop plans, share dreams and goals to create new ventures in their schools and communities.

The Westshore Young Leaders gives youth a voice, opportunities to lead and recognition for their positive choices.

Noreen Kyle

WEB is the Westshore Enforcemt Bureau, a drug task force serving 6 Westshore Communities; Bay Village; Fairview Park; Lakewood; North Olmsted; Rocky River and Westlake. As School Prevention Specialsit working for WEB, I provide alcohol and drug prevention services for the middle and high school teens within the Westshore Schools.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:51 AM, 12.01.2015