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First Ring Student Leadership Institute
The First Ring Student Leadership Institute provides high school students with the training, experiences and opportunities to become change leaders in their schools and communities. At the heart of the Institute is a focus on empowering students through Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR). Working in teams, students identify issues present in their schools and communities and select one issue of personal relevance to research. Teams analyze the root causes of the issue, identify community assets and allies, and conduct original research to determine the issue’s scope, impact and possible solutions. The year-long program culminates with students presenting their findings and recommendations to superintendents, high school principals, community leaders and to their peers in other First Ring districts.

The Institute convenes four times a year and is hosted by area colleges and universities for three “work” sessions, with a final session to share, reflect and celebrate. During work sessions students engage in a mix of large and small group activities guided by a team of adult facilitators including college professors, leadership coaches and adult collaborators from their home districts. 

What our Student Leaders have to say about their experiences in the Institute:

“This is an extremely empowering experience!”

“My plans for the future have changed…I now want to help my school and community in every way possible.”

“I have more confidence to state my opinion.”

“I learned that no matter where you go to school, we all have the same issues.”

“A group of students banning together can make a difference in their community, no matter how big or small.”

 First Ring Student Leadership Institute Yearbook    
 Click here for the 2018-19 First Ring Student Leadership Institute Yearbook
First Ring Student Leadership Video 
Click here to to watch the video on the 2018-19 First Ring Student Leadership Institute 
Final Meeting - May 17, 2019

Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio
6393 Oak Tree Boulevard South, Independence, OH 44131
P:(216) 524-3000  |  F:(216) 524-3683  |  [email protected]
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