(Featured photo: Louisiana Youth Seminar Staff)
The Louisiana Youth Seminar was established in 1971 as a summer leadership camp for high school juniors and seniors. Every year the Seminar is held at Louisiana State University for one week in July. During this week, students participate in many activities which focus on effective communication skills, setting and achieving goals, team building, understanding and accepting others, developing self-confidence, conducting effective meetings, and problem solving skills.
Upper Lafayette has offered scholarship assistance to deserving students for the past several years to attend the summer session, who have joined approximately 200 other students from around our state. This year we are sponsoring Xaviera McCray, a Junior at Northside High School. School Counselor, Chance Romero, assisted Upper Lafayette in making the selection.
LYS was founded on the belief that if businesses, communities and government are to have effective leaders in the future, we must help our students to develop their core leadership skills such as effective communication, setting and achieving goals, team building, understanding and accepting others, developing self-confidence, conducting effective meetings, and problem solving skills. The goal of LYS is to develop students' raw leadership potential into skills that will help them to succeed as leaders, whether in business, government or the nonprofit arena. LYS delegates meet interesting people from across the state, learn how to achieve life goals, and compete in good-natured yet challenging projects
Upper Lafayette would not have known about this worthy program if not for Adrian Baudoin of Acadiana Computer Systems, an Upper Lafayette board member and alum of LYS. We are so proud to partner with LYS and are especially proud to have Adrian as one of our leaders working to improve educational outcomes in Upper Lafayette parish!
For more information on LYS, please visit louisianayouthseminar.org or call (866) 463-6597.
(Featured photo in article: Xavier McCray and Counselor Chance Romero of Northside High)