Youth Leadership Summit encouraged innovation

Monday, July 9, 2018

Dr. Monica Posey joined students, sponsors, and speakers at the 2018 Youth Leadership Summit held on Clifton Campus.

On July 2 and 3, a group of 67 high school students gathered on Clifton Campus to examine "The Spirit of Innovation" at the annual Upward Bound Youth Leadership Summit, sponsored by AT&T.

The participating students represented the Upward Bound program at Mt. Healthy High School, which is facilitated by Cincinnati State, as well as the University of Cincinnati's Upward Bound program.

President Posey welcomed students at the event opening session on July 2, along with Mark Romito, AT&T Director of External Affairs, and City of Cincinnati Council Members Tamaya Dennard and Greg Landsman. The guests challenged the students to work collaboratively, think creatively, and to be innovative leaders.

Throughout the two-day Leadership Summit, students learned about their unique leadership styles and worked enthusiastically in groups to conduct "think tanks" on current social problems (such as cyber-bullying, school safety, and childhood poverty), and then propose innovative solutions. The student groups presented their solutions to a panel of judges.

Cincinnati State’s Upward Bound program, one of several TRIO programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is staffed by Assistant Director Calvin Robinson, Jr., and Academic Specialist Allyson Knue. Arlene Brown provides administrative support.

Cincinnati State was awarded grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2012-- with a grant renewal in 2017-- to support the TRIO Upward Bound program at Mt. Healthy. The current grant ends in May 2022.

"Traditional" Upward Bound (like the program at Mt. Healthy) helps secondary school students from disadvantaged backgrounds (including low-income individuals and first-generation college students) to successfully graduate from high school and pursue post-secondary options.

Students in the program receive support including career counseling, academic assistance, and a summer enrichment program that incorporates the Youth Leadership Summit.

TRIO Upward Bound is part of Cincinnati State's College Access programs, which include Veteran’s Upward Bound, Student Support Services, and the Educational Opportunity Center.

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