Nearly 100 high school students participated in the 2017 AT&T Teen Leadership Summit hosted on the Clifton campus on July 5.
The purpose of the Summit, which has been hosted by Cincinnati State for several years, is to help high school students develop academic and leadership skills.
This year's Summit focused on use of social media. During the day-long event, the students formed teams, did research on the addictive nature of social media, and completed self-assessments.
The teams then studied the implications of social media use on academic performance, debated possible solutions, and presented their findings and recommendations to the group.
In her keynote speech, Cincinnati City Council Member Yvette Simpson encouraged the high school students to be people of character and to make sure their social media or digital portfolio reflects a positive image. She advised the students to work hard, be persistent, and be curious.
She also addressed the challenges she faced as the first in her family to pursue college, and explained how facing those challenges made her the person she is today.
Mark Romito, Director of External Affairs for the Summit's sponsoring organization, AT&T, explained his company’s commitment to improving high school graduation rates. He also discussed the dangers of texting while driving and the importance of using social media responsibly.
Cincinnati State President Monica Posey welcomed attendees to campus and encouraged students to use social media in a positive manner as they finish high school and begin planning their college educational choices.
Students who participated in the Teen Leadership Summit are involved in Upward Bound programs sponsored by Cincinnati State and the University of Cincinnati.
Upward Bound is a U.S. Department of Education funded program designed to motivate and enhance academic skills for eligible students interested in education beyond high school.
Photo below: 2017 Teen Leadership Summit participants from the Mt. Healthy Upward Bound program (in red shirts) with event speakers/sponsors (from left) Mark Romito, AT&T Director of External Affairs; Dr. Monica Posey; Yvette Simpson, Cincinnati City Council Member; and Soni Hill, Interim Vice President of Enrollment & Student Development.