Teens Encouraged to Become Leaders

An innovative new program at Discovery College offers teens the skills and direction to understand what leadership is and how to practice it in their own lives and communities.

The iLEAD Experience at LSC-Kingwood's Discovery College is designed for kids ages 12 to 14.  It will be offered twice during the summer, June 22 through June 26 and July 20 through July 24, and costs $85.

"The iLEAD Experience at LSC-Kingwood inspires 12-14 year old participants to reach for the stars and become leaders in their lives and in the community," says Valerie Tharp Byers, M.A.P and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at LSC-Kingwood.

The iLEAD Experience was developed for Discovery College by Tharp Byers in conjunction with the nationally recognized McDonough Leadership program at Marietta College in Marietta, OH (http://mcdonough.marietta.edu/).  The program will be facilitated by Tharp Byers and trained iLEAD interns from the Kingwood/Humble area who are currently attending college.

Tharp Byers, an alum of Marietta College and the LeaderShape Institute, is excited to bring this program to LSC-Kingwood and says energetic, creative, and intelligent adolescents who aren't afraid to dream big or tackle challenges will enjoy this exciting experience.  High energy activities throughout the week will encourage community engagement, develop problem-solving skills, foster self-discovery, and promote opportunities in higher education.

"iLEAD participants will gain self-confidence, gain a better understanding of the importance of leadership, improve their problem-solving and critical thinking skills, improve their ability to work as part of a team, and learn about opportunities in higher education."

Spaces in iLEAD are limited.  Individuals wishing to participate in this year's iLEAD Experience must complete the Discovery College application and write a 500 word essay addressing the topic, "What is Leadership to You?"  Applications and essays should be turned into the Continuing Education Department in Classroom Building A, room 107 and must be received one week prior to the start of the iLEAD session.

Tharp Byers says the purpose of the essay is to give iLEAD facilitators a sense of the participants' understanding of leadership coming into the program, so that the program can be tailored to meet each individual's needs.

"It is my hope that the iLEAD Experience will give participants the confidence to stand up for what they believe in and become active leaders in both their schools and communities."

For questions about the iLEAD experience, email Tharp Byers at Valerie.M.Byers@lonestar.edu.

Discovery College begins June 15 and runs through July 31.  Camps are offered Monday through Friday and change weekly.  Morning sessions are held 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and afternoon sessions are held 1 - 5 p.m.   Students may attend a morning session, an afternoon session, or both.  Those attending both a morning and an afternoon session will need to bring a sack lunch.  All Discovery College participants will receive a Discovery College t-shirt.  Camps cost $85.

The catalog is available online at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu/discoverycollege.  Registration is going on now.  Register in one of three ways: by fax (281-312-1612), in person (CLA 107), or by phone (281-312-1660 or 281-312-1661).

For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu.

Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College-University Center. With over 50,000 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas.