Leadership Edge Opportunities

Leadership Edge Opportunities

For the Leadership Edge, you will need 100 hours that includes a combination of theory, ethics, and experience.  A minimum of 50 hours must be leadership experience.  Theory and ethics must be learned in a formal setting such as a class, a presentation, a workshop, or through training.  Theory refers to learning different and specific types of leadership theories such as servant leadership, democratic leadership, etc.  Examples of this could be participating in Live Learn Lead, workshops about leadership theory, or classes concentrating on leadership and types of ways to lead.  Ethics refers to learning about ethically leading or ethics in certain sectors of professional activities/jobs.  Examples of this could be Live Learn Lead, job training, or ethics classes such as nursing ethics, business ethics, ethics in teaching, etc.

Possible Leadership or Real World Edge Hours

AdviseMI AmeriCorps Members (Advisers) – Paid Service Positions Available:  The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN), in close partnership Michigan colleges and universities, seeks to help more Michigan students pursue postsecondary education. Recent graduates (bachelor’s degree) will serve as advisers in selected high schools across Michigan, particularly those that are located in communities with low college-going rates and low adult educational attainment rates. Serving alongside high school counselors and other school professionals, AdviseMI AmeriCorps Members (Advisers) will support students as they make the transition from high school to a postsecondary education institution. Advisers serve full time and focus on mentoring students (especially those from low-income backgrounds) through the complex steps toward college enrollment.

Commitment:  Advisers will commit to a term of service beginning July 2016 through June 2017. These appointments include a mandatory four-week training session in East Lansing beginning July. All training expenses including room, board and travel are covered by the program. In an effort for the Advisers to be fully enmeshed in the fabric of the local communities, Advisers are expected to live in the community in which they are assigned. Upon successful completion of the first school year commitment, Advisers may be invited to return for an additional year of service to AdviseMI.

Primary Responsibilities:  Interacting on a daily basis with high school students and families in the assigned high school to provide relevant information about postsecondary education and the college choice/financial aid processes:

  • Encourage each student to consider a broad range of appropriate college choices
  • Develop a comprehensive college timeline, including application deadlines for admission and
  • financial aid for each student
  • Help each student complete and submit admissions and financial aid applications
  • Assist each student in interpreting correspondence from colleges, including offers of admission and financial aid
  • Interviews will be conducted the first three weeks in April.

Additional information and application instructions can be found at www.micollegeaccess.org.

Possible Citizenship or Leadership Edge Hours

Would you like to be a "Big?"  There are boys and girls in Marquette, Negaunee, Ishpeming, Gwinn, and Sands Township who are on a waiting list to become matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Imagine how you could make memories for one of those kids by volunteering to become a Big.  It only takes about four hours per month to make a big difference for one child.  Please call 906-475-7801 or visit www.bbbsmqt.org and be a hero to someone who will never forget.

Possible Leadership Edge Hours

Improve your public speaking and leadership skills by becoming a member of Toastmasters International.  This organization was established in 1924 and is known worldwide for its programs to help members develop the speaking, listening and thinking skills that promote self-actualization, enhance leadership potential, and contribute to the betterment of mankind.  Visit www.toastmasters.org  for more information about this organization. The Superiorland Toastmasters chapter meets every second and fourth Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Peninsula Medical Center.  Contact Rich (rich.leinonen@gmail.com) or Gail (redskydiver@gmail.com) for more information about this local chapter.

Possible Leadership Edge Hours

There are two paid summer camp counselor positions available at NMU this summer:  The Other Michigan on July 24-30 (A camp to explore the socio-cultural aspects of the Upper Peninsula) and Environmental & Sustainability Camp on July 24-30 (A camp to explore the environmental aspects of the Upper Peninsula).  Both of these camps are for high school students.  Each camp pays just under $800 pre-tax for the the week.  Both camps ran last year and received rave reviews from participants, counselors, and faculty.  If interested, please contact Director Chris Standerford at cstander@nmu.edu or 906-227-2902.

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