What is Portage County High School Leadership?
The mission of the Portage County High School Leadership (PCHSL) Program is to collaborate with area high schools, businesses, industry, and civic organizations to develop and inspire high school students to be contributing leaders in their school, community and world.
The goals of the Portage County High School Leadership Program are to:
To successfully graduate from the PCHSL program, students will:
To be eligible to apply students must:
Note that limited space is available for this program. Applications will be reviewed by a team from each school and students selected. Students will be notified of their acceptance or not into the program over the summer.
PCHSL is closely aligned with Leadership Portage County (LPC), a similar leadership program for adults in the community. Combined sessions leverage curricular content and access to local experts. This connection between the programs also allows for interaction and mentorship of young people by local business leaders.The following program schedule is an outline of what students should expect for participation. Dates and session themes are subject to change. 100% participation is required. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis and needs to be discussed with your cooperating mentor.
Students and their parents will be introduced to the program, review expectations, sign permission forms and engage in activities designed to inspire and excite student participants.
During retreat students will experience team-building activities, including individual and group exercises that allow students to build team spirit, trust and self-confidence. Activities will expose students to leadership techniques and problem solving situations. The retreat is held in conjunction with students from the Central Wisconsin (Wausau) High School Leadership Program.
Through facilitated discussions with educational leaders students will identify the challenges and successes in public, private, and higher education.
Students will have the unique opportunity to sit down with elected officials including state, county, and city representatives. Small group discussions will lead to greater understanding of the political process and citizen engagement.
By first understanding the planning process, students will gain knowledge of how a community grows to support all sectors of business and industry, residential needs, and commercial districts.
Students will address critical skills of inclusivity and collaboration by examining biases and inequalities in their school, community and world.