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Lodi’s TeenLead program seeks new students

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Posted: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 12:00 am

Are you a teenager who aspires to run her own bakery? Serve as California’s governor? Create a line of skateboards using recycled materials?

Then you might benefit from a course on leadership skills.

TeenLead, the teen-oriented version of Leadership Lodi, is looking for its Class of 2014. Students will meet once a month to spend the day exploring a new industry, including agriculture, health care, criminal justice and government.

“It’s career- and community-oriented,” said Jaime Watts, one of three organizers who work with the Lodi Youth Commission to make TeenLead an annual program.

The program begins in late September and will meet through April, before celebrating the year at a reception in May. One session is spent in a mock Lodi City Council meeting, where students debate the pros and cons of passing new city regulations.

Ideally, organizers are seeking high school sophomores or juniors who are interesting in becoming future members of the Lodi Youth Commission.

An orientation for interested students will be held from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 9 at Hutchins Street Square in the Cottage Room. There is no cost to participate, but students must be in high school, maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher, and live within Lodi Unified School District boundaries.

The application includes a questionnaire and students will need one letter of recommendation.

The class has room for 20 to 25 students. One student in the class will earn a $500 scholarship.

Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com.

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