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City Council Partners with Leadership Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs City Council and Leadership Pikes Peak have partnered in a youth program, Leading Edge, to help teens become community leaders.

The program is designed to:

  • Expand the scope of awareness and knowledge of community issues and systems within the Pikes Peak region
  • Develop and improve leadership skills
  • Gain an understanding of self and others
  • Encourage a commitment to civic leadership and community trusteeship

“City Council is looking forward to playing an active role in the program and working alongside Leadership Pikes Peak to familiarize these young adults to their community and local government,” stated Scott Hente, council president.

Besides the weeklong session in Augustthat covers, “Leadership, Values & Social Identity,” “Public Safety,” “Communication & Emotional Intelligence,”“Decision Making & Time Management,” “Arts and Culture” and “Group Dynamics,” participants will have three additional sessions, a graduation event, and are required to participate in a community impact project.

Teens participating in Leading Edge 2012 are:

  • Loren Mudd and Kimberley Parrish: Colorado Springs School
  • Assila Alexander, Dylan Roche and Leigha Sorbera: Coronado High School
  • Cassie Bachman, Catherine Diaz, Maria Gallego, Logan Hensley, Andrew Obluda, Emonnee Smith and Kristin Turner: Discovery Canyon High School
  • Jenna Rochelle and Kelsey Rohlfing: Doherty High School
  • Wilson Capellan and Santei Fortune: Harrison High  School
  • Tyler Davis: James Irwin Charter High School
  • Adam Schaefer: Lewis Palmer High School
  • Anthony Terrell: Mitchell High School
  • Jeffrey Baston, Kristen Colville and Xavi Trammell: Palmer High School
  • Richard Kim: Sierra High School
  • Hunter Filonowich: Wasson High School

“As a graduate of the Leadership Pikes Peak Signature Program, I am thrilled to see a leadership program being offered to young adults in our community,” stated Jan Martin, council president pro-tem. “The Leading Edge Program will be a wonderful opportunity for young adults in Colorado Springs to gain leadership skills and to get to know their community.”

Leading Edge replaces the Mayor’s 100 Teens program which started in 1996 and was designed to recognize teens who are considered role models but who don’t typically receive accolades.