At the 2012 International Youth Fellowship (IYF) Leadership Symposium, a cross-section of community leaders, renowned individuals, and young adults will create an open forum for discussion that will define and uncover the root of true leadership.
Society defines leaders in terms of education, resources, talent, and even luck. Rarely do we consider the most important ingredient of success: the heart. Expert panelists, in collaboration with students, will explore the “world of the heart” and discuss why and how the heart is the center of true leadership.
Upcoming Leadership Symposium Dates:
First Session August 3, 2012 in Long Island
August 4, 2012 in Manhattan & Brooklyn
Second Session August 11, 2012 in Brooklyn
August 18, 2012 in Long Island & Manhattan
Workshop August 25, 2012 in Manhattan
at 152 E 23rd St New York, NY – 3rd Floor
Final Session August 29, 2012 in Long Island
Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238Long Island
300 Nassau Road
Huntington, NY 11743Manhattan
Morningside Heights Public Library
2900 Broadway (at W. 113th Street)
New York, NY 10025-7822
Manhattan: 12:00pm ~ 3:30pm
Long Island: 1:00pm ~ 4:30pm
Brooklyn: 1:00pm ~ 4:30pm
High School & Undergraduate Students
Free Event with Registration
Professional Attire Required
For this Symposium series, we have chosen three qualities we believe are essential to successful leadership.
1. LEARN HUMILITY and stand together with others“Everyone wants to stand on top, but do you want to be there alone?”
Good leaders are those who recognize their shortcomings. By realizing they are not always correct, a humble leader will be able to listen to the guidance and opinions of others. It is this kind of leader that can establish and maintain strong relationships with the people that he or she encounters.
2. LEARN TRUE COMMUNICATION and make a heartfelt connection“Talking is good, but can you share what’s in your heart with others?”
Having someone to share your heart with when you feel insecure or scared becomes strength in times of difficulties. We must live with our hearts opened to one another so that even though our thoughts may flow in the wrong direction, we can be freed from them. A good leader does not just dictate, but understands and makes heartfelt connection with his or her people.
3. LEARN SELF-CONTROL and install some brakes for your life“Sports cars are cool, but would you drive one without brakes?”
Having desires is not a bad thing, it is when leaders cannot control their desires that they end up plastered all over the news because of sex or greed. Leaders should possess self-control and be able to exercise it within the limits of their power.
Dr. John R. Jenkins
School Leaders Network (Regional Director- NYC)
As the Regional Program Director of School Leaders Network, Dr. John R. Jenkins is working to expand educational opportunity for all students across New York City by supporting school leaders in their journeys to become empowered, highly effective change agents who improve school climate and culture and drive increased student achievement. Dr. Jenkins has devoted the past 20 years of his career to developing and sharing his passion for urban education as a Teacher, Facilitator and Administrator in New York Public Schools.
Before joining SLN he served as the Instructional Program Manager for the Diploma Plus New York City Network of schools where he provided coaching and support to Principals and school leadership teams in implementing the Diploma Plus instructional model. Dr. Jenkins is also a certified Diversity Practitioner and has traveled internationally facilitating diversity, social justice and anti-oppression work with National Training Laboratory’s Diversity Leadership Certification Program. His work is rooted in exploring the impact of power, privilege and oppression on urban education centers and the students and communities they serve.
Dr. Jenkins has also served on the faculty of Mercy College’s New Teacher Residency Program and New York University’s Administrative Leadership Program. Dr. Jenkins received his doctorate degree in Education Administration from New York University.
Dr. Michael Webb
Co-founder of the International Youth Leadership Institute
Dr. Michael Webb is the co-founder of the International Youth Leadership Institute. Throughout his career, he has balanced his interests in international affairs and national education policy reform. He has held leadership positions in state and national organizations and has worked in higher education in Nigeria and Egypt.
Dr. Webb has spent most of his career working to improve public education. He has taught college, high school, and adult education. In his current position as Associate Vice President, he leads Jobs for the Future’s Early College High School Initiative. This includes supporting the network of 13 early college intermediary organizations and more than 250 schools, and managing the initiative’s Student Information System, a secure, confidential collection of data about students attending early college schools throughout the United States.
Prior to joining Jobs for the Future, he served as Vice President of New Visions for Public Schools where he helped lead the effort to create small schools in New York City. As Director of Education at the National Urban League, he was a voice for community involvement in mathematics and science education reform. He has also served on city and state commissions to reform education for students underserved by the public school system, including Governor Mario Cumo’s Commission on Black Affairs. An activist, he has played a leadership role in a number of community- based initiatives focused on youth.
Dr. Webb has written numerous publications, including books, journal articles and policy reports. He received a B.A. in English/Ethnic Studies from St. John Fisher College, an M.A. from San Francisco State University, and a Doctor of Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has a son, Malik.
Dr. Susan Barr
Five Towns College
Dean of Students/ Director of the Higher Education Opportunity Program
Dr. Susan Barr holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, a Master of Science with Distinction in Special Education, and a Bachelor of Arts with a dual major in Elementary Education and Anthropology with a minor in Psychology. She has served on many committees at the College, including Faculty Academic Council, Academic Standards, Library, Middle States Accreditation, Distance Learning, Emergency Management, Campus Security, NCATE Accreditation, Disciplinary, Doctoral Review, and Phi Sigma Eta Honor Society, of which she is also a member. She is responsible for the supervision of and policy-making in regards to several College departments, including Academic Support Services, Counseling Services, Financial Aid, Residential Life, and Student Activities. She is also the Director of the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), and a member of the HEOP Long Island Region Professional Organization. She has written grants, budget proposals, manuals and handbooks, and has participated in many professional development conferences.
In 2011, Dr. Barr was the chosen recipient for the Five Towns College Presidential Award for Distinguished Service. Dr. Barr has been a highly respected and integral member of the Five Towns College community for twenty-two years and counting. Her “titles” fall short of truly defining all that she does for the College and its administrators, faculty and students. For many, she is much more than colleague. She is a mentor, a teacher, a confidant, a friend, and a true example of what a professional in the field of education should be. In the same day, she will prepare a report for the state, serve on a College committee, offer advice on a staff or faculty member issue, and come up with a solution for a student who has no money for food, train fare, or a place to live. She is at her desk early, works through her lunch hour, stays late, and attends almost all of the student performances and activities. Dr. Barr has the unique ability to problem solve effectively with heartfelt compassion for whomever she is working with, a quality that is revered and too often unrecognized.
The Young People’s Project (YPP)
Co-Founder, National Director
Omowale Moses is the National Director and was a founding member of the Young People’s Project (YPP), which works with high school and college students to utilize mathematics as a tool for personal and community transformation, seeking to “organize young people to radically change their education and the way they relate to it.”
YPP evolved out of the Algebra Project, which grew out of the civil rights activism of the Algebra Project’s founder and winner of the MacArthur Foundation’s Genius Award, Robert P. Moses, Omo Moses’s father.
Mr. Moses was born in Tanzania, East Africa, in 1972. One of four siblings, he grew up in Cambridge, becoming a scholar athlete and leading his high school basketball team to a state championship in 1990. He attended Pittsburgh and George Washington Universities on full athletic scholarships. At George Washington, where he majored in mathematics and minored in creative writing, he received the Black Issues in Higher Education Sports – Scholar Award as well as the school’s Creative Writing Award. In February 2010, NBC News and theGrio.com chose Mr. Moses as one of its “History Makers in the Making.”
A program designed to challenge and inspire
♣ First and Second Forum
2012 IYF Minister of Youth World Forum with the government officials of 48 countries in attendance
(Busan, South Korea)
2011 IYF Minister of Youth World Forum with the government officials of 24 countries in attendance
(Busan, South Korea)
2011 IYF Leadership Symposium with Suffolk County Youth Executives
(Long Island, New York)
2011 Leadership Roundtable Series with LA Philharmonic violinist
(Los Angeles, California)
We are looking for volunteers who want to be involved in putting together an exceptional program.
♣ Volunteer roles include:
- Event Coordination
Volunteers will help on the day of the Symposium to make the event flow smoothly. They will assist with registration, ushering, and other tasks as needed at the event.
- Administrative Staff
Volunteers will get a hands-on experience with the staff on a variety of office tasks such as writing letters, making phone calls, and coordinating regular team meetings.
- Field Research
Conduct field research with students from around New York City and Long Island. Help organize focus groups that capture an in-depth look into current youth issues.
- Public Relations
Meet school officials, non-profit youth organizations, and government-run youth bureaus to present IYF and its programs, create partnerships, gain support, and invite panel members and students to the Symposium.
♣ Volunteer Requirements
1. Have the mindset to volunteer and devote your time and efforts to a large and worthwhile project.
2. Be available to work with us on a daily basis.
3. Professional and neat appearance
4. Experience in the above-mentioned volunteer roles is a plus, but is not required as we can train you.
1. Make a difference in the lives of high school and college students in New York.
2. Experience and training in public relations, administrative work, event organizing, pubic speaking and team work.
3. Establish and/or increase your networking base.
4. Volunteer hours will be awarded at the conclusion of the Symposium Program.
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