Summit Christian Academy eighth-grade student Connor Healy and ninth-grade student Lindsey Wall traveled to UCLA and Stanford for the People to People Leadership Ambassador program.
“I attended seminars about how to be an effective student leader and a well-rounded student,” Healy said in a press release. “When I first got to UCLA, I didn’t know anyone. But by the end, we were all like best friends.”
“I went to the technology leadership program at Stanford and we visited several tech industry businesses,” said Wall. “My favorite place was Zynga, a leading videogame apps company. It was also fun to visit Facebook and Adobe. We were able to test an app that has not yet been released.”
The People to People Leadership Ambassador Program provides unique, hands-on educational experiences to help prepare students to be leaders in an ever-evolving world. Middle and high school students from around the world participate in a one to two week summer adventure that includes a community service focus. Students exchange ideas about how to address community problems and strategize about how to make a difference.
Wall’s community service program focused on the future of education and what could be done to improve education in America.
“We were grouped into teams and each team focused on something different,” said Wall. “One team identified problems in education, another worked on developing solutions, and other teams took a solution and planned how it could be applied.”
Connor Healy decided to investigate and look for ways to help eliminate human trafficking industry.
“I decided at UCLA that I wanted to do something on human trafficking,” said Healy. “I first learned about the problem from my ski instructor whose daughter has a foundation to address this problem. Highway 70 here in the Kansas City area is a corridor and hub for human trafficking. It’s in our back yard. I am planning to have a dodge ball event to raise awareness and money for a foundation that works against human trafficking.”
Students are invited to participate in the Leadership Ambassador Program after being nominated by a teacher. As the alumni of the program, students can participate in additional leadership adventures.