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Local youth practice political activism at UGA
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Students who attended the Leadership Institute’s conference, left to right: Kaley Jacobs, Hannah Kramer, Joshua Peavy, Frederick Kramer III, and Mark Taylor - photo by Photo provided

Five homeschooled students participated in The Leadership Institute’s flagship training program the Youth Leadership School (YLS) March 27-28 on the UGA campus in Athens.

Kaley Jacobs, Hannah Kramer, Joshua Peavy, Frederick Kramer III and Mark Taylor attended the conference on a scholarship provided by The Leadership Institute.

Forty-three high school and college students from various academic background public, private and home school participated in the two-day event.

Workshops on the nature of politics, the role of young people in political campaigns, forming political organizations, managing public relations, writing media releases, hosting speakers, holding mock elections, and conducting special projects were among the topics presented.

Students enjoyed breakout sessions on networking, group dynamics, leadership and crisis management. The engaging, experiential learning style implemented in the programs made the study of government come alive.

Featured speakers included: Karin Agness, founder of Network of Enlightened Women; Adam Guillette, Executive Director, Conservative Leadership PAC; Tim Echols, Founder of TeenPact; Kent Strang, YLS director at the Leadership Institute; and Morton Blackwell, president of the Leadership Institute taught students about the inner workings of politics through lectures, videos and hands-on projects.

Comments from Youth Leadership School graduates:
“I am very thankful that I was able to attend the Leadership Institute’s conference on campaign technology. I feel the class has helped me to sharpen my leadership skills. This well-run event had some of the best speakers I have ever heard.”  — Hannah Kramer

“The Leadership Institute conference provided useful information in a reasonable and articulate way.” — Frederick Kramer III

“I am very appreciative to the Leadership Institute for providing me with a scholarship to attend this seminar. It helped me to understand the political process.  It was exciting to be able to attend the course on the UGA campus with my friends..”  — Joshua Peavy

“Wow, I can’t believe I just spent 23 hours in a college classroom on a weekend, but it was worth every minute. It was an intense training program; I learned a lot about political activism..” — Mark Taylor