Local students are part of the County Leadership Academy class


The Stanislaus County Office of Education Leadership Academy selected 31 students representing 16 individual Stanislaus County high schools for their 2022-2023 leadership academy class. Students attend Leadership Academy on the first Friday of the month during the school year.

New class members include Elizabeth Franklin from Keyes to Learning Center and Shianne Tigner from Denair Charter Academy.

The first course, Team Building and Introduction to Leadership Day, was held on September 9. According to Prevention Programs Director Dallas Plaa, the student’s first semester was exciting.

“During this session, Matt Emerzian, author and founder of the ‘Every Monday Matters’ movement, inspired students by demonstrating the many ways they matter and can make a difference,” said Plaa.

Students also had the opportunity to hear from a panel of people with first-hand experience in local leadership roles. Panelists included Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors District 4 Representative Mani Grewal, Superintendent of Schools Scott Kuykendall, Chief Assistant District Attorney Wendell Emerson and Modesto District 1 City Council Member Rosa Escutia- Braaton.

After the panel, the students participated in a “True Colors” training to learn more about their own leadership style and how to collaborate in a diverse group. The students ended the day with a team building activity at the Escape Room business in downtown Modesto.

“We look forward to sharing Nonprofit Day with students on October 21, where they will visit various local nonprofit organizations,” Plaa said.


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