Dothan Area Students Come Together for Summer Leadership Program

By: Jessica Leicht
By: Jessica Leicht

Students from Dothan and Northview High School were dancing around Thursday, but it wasn't for prom or homecoming.

"This is my first time dancing and I'm a little uncoordinated but I sorta get the gist of it.”

Northview High School Senior, Calvin Wilborn says learning how to dance and taking instruction is a good example of how you can be a good leader.

"Sometimes it's not going to be easy and you may make mistakes, but with the next move you can try to make it a little better," Wilborn said.

Upteen Coordinator Jason Williams says the summer program teaches leadership skills with a different approach.

"Most leadership programs, they do an excellent job of exposing youth to leaders in the community but they don't do a lot of in depth leadership skills training," Williams said.

Williams says the hands on, or feet on learning teaches these life lessons in a more relatable way.

"Because it's one thing to put them in a classroom, talk to them about how leaders and followers relate to each other and things like that. It's another thing entirely to put them in a situation that reinforces those concepts," Williams said.

"This is my favorite one so far because I've never taken a dance class. This is just a really neat way of showing us leadership, " Northview High School Senior, Grace Cornelius said.

"I just feel like I'm doing something, helping the community and making Dothan better," Dothan High School Junior, Garrett Heisler said.

The students are part of a pilot group who were chosen by their teachers based on their leadership abilities.

"This program is something I've never been involved in, I've never seen anything like it and it's something really new. I feel like it's something Dothan needs."

Something Dothan needs, that starts with students first.

The Upteen leadership program wraps up in August.

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