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Summer 2003 | Volume 26, Number 3 | Campus
New Summer Leadership Institute Attracts Urban High School Students

Seattle City Light, 20 high school students came to Seattle Pacific University for a challenging summer weekend: the Northwest Urban Youth Leadership Institute. Funded by the Lilly Endowment, the institute was established by SPU to introduce urban students to life at a Christian university while helping them hone leadership skills.

“A lot of the students live 20 minutes away, but they’ve never heard of SPU,” says Veeda Easterly, Seattle Pacific pre-college program coordinator. In organizing the weekend, she interviewed regional leaders who work with teens through organizations such as Young Life, Vision Youth and Emerald City Outreach Ministries. “I listened to their ideas about what was needed, and they had a strong interest in developing leadership in the students,” she explains. “The organizations also wanted teens to learn that college is within their reach.”

During the weekend, students attended seminars on time management, leadership styles and scholarships. They also had minicollege classes with Seattle Pacific faculty members Lisa Surdyk (economics), Sharleen Kato (family and consumer sciences) and Todd Rendleman (communication). The teens finished with a co-curricular fair showcasing other segments of SPU life: student government, campus ministries and athletics.

“Seattle is right in the middle of an increasingly diverse 21st-century world, and these students are our future leaders,” says Kathleen Braden, associate vice president of academic affairs and dean of student life. “We hope this program will provide them with a sneak preview of what the future can hold.”

That’s exactly what happened, say the teens. “Coming to this conference made me realize I could go to college no matter what,” says Jessica Chappell, a 17-year-old junior at Seattle’s Rainier Beach High School. “God is with me,” she adds, “and as long as I know that and believe that, I can become something good.”

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