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Welcome to the LEAD Scholars Academy at UCF. Our focus is to provide a variety of leadership development options that recognize students have different needs, time constraints, and levels of interest. Our programs give students various opportunities to learn more about themselves, develop new leadership skills, and become student leaders through programs and events, including campus-wide leadership workshops, leadership retreats, and leadership conferences.
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Wilmington, DE September 27, 2016– The Jefferson Awards Foundation, America’s most prestigious and longest standing organization dedicated to activating and celebrating public service hosted the 10th annual Students In Action Leadership Conference on Saturday, September 24th at the Brevard Public Schools District Office. This year’s Leadership Conference was designed and facilitated by students from the University of Central Florida LEAD Scholars Academy lead by Faith Burns. The LEAD Scholars Academy is a selective, two year academic leadership development program for students committed to academic excellence and making a difference in the world around them. The scholars make a difference in the UCF and Central Florida community with thousands of hours of community service each year.
The goal of the Students in Action Leadership Conference was to challenge the high school student leaders and develop leadership, communication and problem solving skills while building cross-cultural bonds and preparing them for active, contributing roles in their communities. The students participated in a series of workshops aimed to assist them in leading an action oriented volunteer service culture in their school while sharpening their leadership skills. The workshops centered on teamwork, creating and measuring impact, effective communication, and marketing and using media to promote their service projects. Students also participated in two service projects that benefitted the Crosswinds Youth Services and Nemours Hospital in Orlando.
The event was attended by more than 65 high school students from the following schools: Bayside High School, Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School, Cornerstone Charter Academy, Edgewood Jr/Sr High School, Eustis High School, Leesburg High School, Melbourne High School, and Mount Dora High School.
- About the Jefferson Awards -
The Jefferson Awards Foundation (JAF) is the country’s longest standing and most prestigious organization dedicated to activating and celebrating public service. Through its programs, JAF trains and empowers individuals to serve and lead in their communities, amplifying their impact through the organizations vast network of media partners, mentors and volunteers. To learn more about the Jefferson Awards Foundation, visit: JeffersonAwards.org or engage on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
- About Students In Action -
Students In Action is an intensive leadership training program for middle and high school students designed to build leadership, promote engagement and measure impact. We train core leadership skills, help develop personal service passions and provide the tools for effective, measured and collective service impact. The program is currently operating in over 350 high schools in 13 communities across the country. To learn more about Students In Action visit: JeffersonAwards.org.
(Orlando, FL) – The UCF Chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success recently inducted 155 members bringing its total inducted membership to 1708. Inducted members complete a leadership program consisting of an orientation, a leadership training day, 3 speaker broadcasts, 3 success networking team meetings and an induction ceremony where they receive their Certificate of Leadership Training.
The Society is one of the nation's largest leadership honor society. Students are selected for membership based on class status and gpa. Candidacy is a nationally recognized achievement of honorable distinction. Membership is for a lifetime and provides access to benefits including scholarships and awards, exclusive on-campus events, employer recruitment through an online job bank, discounts on computers, textbooks, grad school prep courses, insurance and much more.
Currently, the UCF Society Chapter has accepted more than 10,000 members. “We’re very proud of our members. The Society has had a significant impact on our campus, inspiring our students to become better leaders, and helping them build a better future for themselves, the campus and their respective communities,” Stacey Malaret, Advisor. The UCF Society Chapter also co-sponsored Leadership Week this year.
About The National Society of Leadership and Success:
The National Society of Leadership and Success was founded in 2001 to build a community of like-minded, success oriented leaders who come together to help one another succeed. The Society offers interactive broadcasts with the nation’s best speakers, training in goal setting, and team meetings in which students set and hold each other accountable for achieving goals. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 475 college and university campuses nationwide and serves more than 450,000 members. For more information, please visit www.societyleadership.org. Follow the Society on Twitter @theNSLS and Like on Facebook.
Stacey Malaret, Director-LEAD Scholars Academy
Seventeen UCF students set off to change the world April 1-3 at Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) national conference at the University of California, Berkeley.
One student group included three Biomedicine majors (second years Andrew Aboujaoude and Jennifer Carvel, and third year Aleis Ghersi). All three are members of the Burnett Honors College and Alexis and Andrew are also students in the LEAD Scholars Academy. Their group “Hearts for the Homeless” seeks to improve the availability of healthcare for the homeless community in Orlando by providing free health screenings that will detect hypertension, one of the deadliest diseases of the homeless demographic. These students were chosen as Resolution Project scholars, a competitive grant competition that chose only 20 teams this year. The group will receive mentoring and $2500 in seed funding for their project.
Andrew Aboujaoude had this to say about his experience. "The LEAD Scholars Academy along with the school-sponsored CGIU conference were excellent ways to turn a dream into a reality. Beside this sincere gratitude, I would like to say that Hearts for the Homeless were extremely honored to represent the homeless community, UCF, and the city of Orlando on the international stage to compete for resources that could help make our college and our community a better place. The feeling of winning is a great feeling, but the feeling of winning for a community is inexpressible! We truly enjoyed the conference and were able to obtain the financial resources and the networking contacts that will one day make Hearts for the Homeless an international social change concept."
This is the second time that UCF students have received the honor of being Resolution Project scholars through CGIU.
Freshman computer science major, Chad Maycumber, also received accolades this year at CGIU. Chad participated in the annual Codeathon computer science competition. He was assigned to a small group of students representing various universities. The Codeathon topic was mental health on college campuses and teams were instructed to create the infrastructure for an app that addresses this issue. Chad’s team tied for first place with their “Be Well” program. This is the first time UCF has had a student participate in the Codeathon competition.
Dr. Stacey Malaret, facilitator for CGIU said, “I am very excited that UCF is providing a platform for student social change initiatives to come to fruition through the CGIU program. Our students have such great ideas and a passion for their community that will benefit from this funding and mentoring.”
The 2016 CGIU project summaries for all seventeen students may be viewed below.
Students may learn more about CGIU here: http://lsa.sdes.ucf.edu/clinton
March is Women’s History Month and this year we will be recognizing 30 student leaders who have made an impact on the campus community. Each day a different woman will be spotlighted and recognized for the impact she has had on the UCF community.