LCRA student leadership program new to Brady

In conjunction with the Lower Colorado River Authority’s Student Leadership Forum which was held last month at the Community Church of Christ, the Brady Student Chamber of Commerce, a new organization at Brady High School, has been organized as part of a community service project. The Student Leadership Project spanned the greater part of three months, and nearly 2,000 high school students from Central and South-Central Texas took part in 20 student-led programs across the state. The forum in Brady played host to sophomore and junior students from Brady, Cherokee, Lohn, San Saba, Richland Springs and Rochelle. School officials from more than 37 counties in Texas selected students to attend the student leadership forum based on their records of achievement and leadership potential. This year marked the second year of the student leadership program presented by the LCRA. Last year more than 500 students in 31 school districts took part in the event. The program is based on the successful public leadership student forums developed by the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute in Odessa. The forums are designed to inspire students to become future leaders by bringing students and community leaders together for a day of training, activities and fun. The forums include sessions on the basics of leadership, communication and goal setting. As part of last month’s forum, students were asked to identify an improvement project for their communities and develop a plan to carry out the project over the next year. “Several of the Brady High School juniors who attended the forum were faced with organizing a community service project,” said Brady Student C-C president Jenna Behrens. “We thought there needed to be more youth involvement in our community, and this provided an excellent opportunity to do that as well as promote the local Chamber of Commerce. “The Brady Student Chamber will consist of 10 members this year and hopefully as the program progresses, in years to come it will be made up of both junior and senior members.” Through the Brady Student C-C community service project, the 10 eleventh grade students active in the leadership forum have elected to work directly with the Brady/McCulloch County Chamber of Commerce in promoting businesses and local tourism. In addition, the group will be learning the parliamentary procedures and bylaws which most nonprofit organizations follow. As part of their project they have elected officers and will begin logging a historical record of their contributions to the community. The Brady Student C-C will work directly with committee volunteers in the organization of upcoming events such as Christmas in the Heart, Chamber of Commerce Banquet and the First Annual Car Show/Swap Meet. According to Chamber executive vice president DeLaine Poe, this project has already drawn the attention of Chambers in surrounding counties and other states who plan to monitor the local program with hopes of establishing similar programs in their own communities. Though this is a pilot project directly associated with the LCRA Leadership Institute, organizers feel it may also become an ongoing division of student involvement within the Brady community. “I, along with the help of Joseph Remini, will be monitoring these students and keeping them on the right track to obtaining their goal,” said Mrs. Poe. “Through this project these students will outline and implement their community project goal and will work closely with the Chamber directors as we work together to contribute to their success.”

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