WAKEFIELD — Executive Director Margie Daniels is pleased to share that the Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) are co-sponsoring two conferences on student leadership for over 350 students statewide.

The first 2023 Student Leadership Conference, “Learning to Lead”, was held on Friday, March 24 at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Vocational School in Danvers, with 177 middle school students from 10 Massachusetts school districts attending along with advisors. Essex District Attorney Paul Tucker provided an inspirational address to the students.

A second conference will be held on Friday, March 31 at Worcester State University in Worcester, with 193 high school students expected to attend along with advisors. 

Workshops at the conferences are being led by Deb Hult and Trevor Hult of Core Trainings, using an active approach to learning that is facilitator led and participant driven.

Workshops focus on the power of decision making and the ripple effect it has on youth, with participants exploring the roles, responsibilities, and different forms of leadership, including relational leadership, formal versus informal leadership, and how to build meaningful and intentional relationships with others.

The conferences are designed to increase the leadership potential and self-worth of participants, and to promote healthy life choices and build intellectually stronger people through a value-based focus.

Topics discussed in workshops include the four pillars of becoming a courageous leader, positive decision making, personal development, leadership as a learned skill, making healthy decisions that support positive mental health and build self-worth, the importance of social and emotional intelligence, and using empathy and inclusion to adapt to the needs of others.

“MPY and the MIAA have partnered to sponsor student leadership conferences for more than two decades, and we’re excited for the 2023 conferences to help build skills and confidence for young leaders,” said Director Daniels.

About the Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth, Inc.

Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides training, fosters collaboration and develops programming to increase the health and safety of students. MPY is committed to bringing cutting-edge information and high-quality trainings to constituents and endeavors to provide solution-oriented, community-based, multi-disciplinary approaches to reducing and ideally eliminating risky behaviors for youth.

Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth is governed by a Board of Directors made up of school superintendents, police and fire chiefs, and other community leaders who work closely with MPY staff to deliver this mission. To learn more, visit: https://massachusettspartnershipsforyouth.com/

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