As I see it, the aims of education are to enable students to understand the world around them and the talents within them so that they can become fulfilled individuals and active, compassionate citizens. - Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education by Sir Ken Robinson
partnered this summer to implement a specially designed Student
Leadership Institute intended to help students explore their strengths and connect those strengths to career fields. The sponsors of the four-week program attended by 24 Canton City high school students believe they have successfully achieved their goals. "It was exciting to see the students uncover their talents, knowledge and skills to use in their daily lives and think about their future in new ways," explained Stephanie Werren, LSC Director.
Students used the Gallup StrengthsQuest Assessment to identify their innate strengths and then explored a wide variety of career opportunities that would maximize them. "We're thrilled to see how the students have discovered their potential in the skills and leadership competencies within themselves. The students really learned a great deal about themselves as individuals, and also about how to be a contributing member of a project team," shared Andrea Ramsey, CCSD Coordinator of Equity and Inclusion.
"I signed up because I thought it would be fun," student Mickey Wu explained, "and I learned a lot as I talked to new people. I enjoyed planning and creating a project with others that helped a community business. We heard lots of speakers who told us about their careers and their businesses. I had never thought about my strengths before - but now I recognize what I am doing as I am using my strength."
Additional partners in the project included: Arts inStark, Benders Tavern, Carpe Diem, Deli Ohio, Hartville Hardware, Maize Valley, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Palace Theater, SARTA, The Repository and Zellers Farm.