Every Student is a Leader


Regardless of age, background and experience, every student can be a leader. That’s the take-away message for dozens of YMCA Teen Achievers involved with a new class courtesy of Y supporters from Tampa Electric. Every Wednesday, former Bob Gilbertson Central City Family YMCA Board Chair Kevin Sturgill and his TECO colleague, Mike Herrin, visit two Howard W. Blake High School classrooms full of Teen Achievers to deliver “The Student Leadership Challenge.”


In the sessions, teens learn The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership. The curriculum is based off the notion that the same 30 behaviors proven to be so effective for adult leaders have also made a difference in the effectiveness of younger emerging leaders.


“The Student Leadership Challenge has prepared students to think of themselves as leaders and to focus more frequently on the 30 behaviors of exemplary leaders,” says Senior Program Director Wayne Johnson. “What a wonderful opportunity for Teen Achievers to be exposed to this high level of quality training!”


A huge thank you to Kevin and Mike for investing their time and talents with Y teens! If you’re interested in learning more about Y Teen Achievers – a career and college readiness program, contact wayne.johnson@tampaymca.org.

Pictured above: TECO director and former Central City Board Chair Kevin Sturgill (standing left) and TECO Customer Service Director Mike Herrin (sitting right) working with Y Teen Achievers at Howard W. Blake High School.

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