Youth Leadership Council - Stanza Academy

Stanza Academy

Youth Leadership Council

Use your voice. Make a difference

This dynamic group of teen leaders come together every other week to develop student-driven activities that promote peer support and academic success. Youth Leadership Council is open to all Stanza students grades K-12, who each year have an opportunity to run for leadership positions on the council.

Youth Leadership Council is for students who want to...

  • Create new student-centered programs
  • Gain strong leadership skills
  • Work with peers and Stanza staff
  • Have fun!

Course Requirements:

  • Twice monthly online meetings
  • Active Engagement
  • Personal computer and reliable internet connection

“Youth Leadership Council provides a safe, structured environment for practicing real leadership skills. Our students not only come up with new programs and initiatives for Stanza, they have the opportunity to present their ideas to peers and Stanza leadership. It’s an empowering environment that helps students find their voice and learn how to use it.”

– Laura Lothyan, Youth Leadership Council Instructor

Meet The Program's Instructor: Laura Lothyan

Laura Lothyan has been an educator for more than 15 years, and she believes that all students can succeed. Throughout her career, she has focused on helping at-risk students feel valued and capable of writing their own future. At the heart of her teaching philosophy is a focus on social justice and diverse teaching methods, educating students to be citizens of the world they seek to change. Lothyan has a B.S. in social science from Portland State University, a M.A. in teaching from Lewis and Clark College, and a post-graduate Certificate in Urban Education.

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