12 youth to learn about leadership in Young Commissioner Program

Course educates students on aspects of civics, business
Jul. 07, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

A dozen Lee County students will embark on two-week long leadership crash course Monday — gaining professional and civic experience in areas ranging from parliamentary procedures to silverware etiquette.

The Lee County Young Commissioner Leadership Program, a collaboration between the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Lee County 4-H and the Lee County Board of Commissioners, kicks off this week at the McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center.

The 12 students, ranging from rising seventh- to 10th-graders, will explore various aspects of leadership within the local community, according to the program's facilitator Bill Stone, the 4-H Youth Development Agent, and cover a variety of civic, business and governmental topics.

"The goal of the program is to increase the participants' understanding of core principles of leadership, and how they can be applied," Stone said. "We want them to understand the pertinent issues facing Lee County, and how their elected and community leaders are collaborating to address these issues."

The students will meet with the Lee County Board of Commissioners and Sanford City Council to learn more about local governments' priorities along with the budget process, according to Lee County Commissioner Kirk Smith, who pushed for the creation of the program.

"We want them to understand their county budget, and its relation to the city and town, along with understanding the budget process and the responsibilities of the county," he said

Throughout the two-week program, the students will visit the following places:

* Central Carolina Community College

* Lee County Government Center

* Sanford Municipal Center

* Lee County Sheriff's Office

* The Sanford Herald

* Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce

* WDSG 107.9 Radio Station