What is Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program? Outstanding students from MCEC Student 2 Student Program learn leadership skills to take back and teach their fellow S2S members to improve and sustain their local S2S program. The bi-annual leadership experience takes place at either United States Military Academy at West Point, or the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado.
The Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program was established by the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) in 2006 to identify exemplary young people through their participation in the MCEC Student 2 Student (S2S) program. The program was named for Mrs. Frances Hesselbein, in recognition of her dedication to the development of children and youth. Mrs. Hesselbein is the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Leader to Leader Institute and the former CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States highest civilian honor, in 1998.
Under the direction of the MCEC, and following the inspiration and guidance of Mrs. Hesselbein, this one-week training program is offered at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The program delivers intensive training, interaction with positive role models, and practical applications which benefit participants in their studies and throughout their lifetime. Full Tuition includes transportation, lodging, meals, program materials and supplies.
The Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program objectives are focused on the following major areas: team building, leadership development, to include goal setting, and motivational workshops; resilience, life span human development, character development, community involvement and leaders in action.
"It’s life changing in a way that is hard to explain, but I would put it like this. Going to the conference is almost like a week long therapy session in the sense that you are forced to evaluate and reflect on who you are. It is a week of examining your strengths, and weaknesses, under a microscope. It can be hard. For example, I had to confront the fact that when I am listening to people, sometimes I am not actively listening. Instead, I am already thinking about what I am going to say. That being said, since recognizing it, which is the first step, I have gotten so much better. The conference also introduces you to incredible people. The lectures that you get to listen to are not about leadership in theory, but in practice. People like General Austen are telling you that you should never sacrifice your morals, because they have been in situations where it would have been easier to compromise their morals, but they didn’t. Also, during the conference you are hanging out with amazing people. Whether they are peers from across the globe or inspiring adults - Everyone at the conference provides a unique perspective, because we are all coming from somewhere different. When you put all these people together for a week of rigorous improvement, you all bond quickly. The week is so intensive that afterward you find yourself changed, but you cannot identify the moment that you transformed. It is life changing, but that change didn’t come easily. Change takes hard work, but afterwards you feel incredible." - Sawyer G.
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