High School Leadership is a youth-oriented leadership development program for high school sophomores and junior to provide them with skills, knowledge, experiences, networking opportunities and encouragement to become partners for positive change in their communities. The group meets 1 time per month for 1 full day, 8 months during the school year (October – May) plus a 2-day retreat in September and a 1 to 2-day service event in May. Students come from 5 area high schools from Montezuma and Dolores counties; Dolores, Montezuma-Cortez, Southwest Open School, Mancos and Dove Creek. Each meeting has a theme that is to help build skills for transitioning into leadership roles in their schools, communities or other parts of life. We invite key community members to come as volunteers or the group will visit a key organization in the community to help guide youth through activities pertaining to specific themes. Sessions occur in various places around the Montelores communities depending on theme or goal of that day’s meeting.
Recruitment for the program begins in early August and the retreat happens mid-late September. After the service project we spend a final day reflecting on the year’s progress and evaluating the success of the project. AND we do this while participating at the Eagle Challenge Ropes Course in Shiprock! There is a small tuition for HSL and we do provide some scholarships (click here to access scholarship application). You can find the application here and General Waiver here.
All applicants must fill out an application AND general waiver.