2019 Update

2019 NEWS UPDATE

Now entering our fifth year The South Carolina Youth Leadership Conference continues to grow with 2018 having seen 84 students attend the programs at either Clemson University or the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s campus in Bluffton. 

 

This year the conference at Clemson University will be May 16 – 19 while at USCB’s Bluffton campus the dates are June 13 – 16, 2019.  The later start in June has been necessitated by the longer school year due to make up days following the recent storms.

 

Information on the 2019 conferences is available on this website but should there by any question or need for additional information do not hesitate to contact us at:  843 422-1728 or through email by writing: outreach@scyouthleadership.org.

 

In addition to our regular conferences for sophomores we have initiated an innovative program called ILEAD-9 that is for high school ninth graders as an initial introduction to personal leadership with an emphasis on not only the fundamental characteristics of leadership but teamwork as well.

 

At this time our ILEAD-9 program is available only at Hilton Head Island High School. We will start the second semester on January 15th with a focus on preparing the 300 students for their spring projects.  

 

Meanwhile, we continue to plan both the Clemson and the USCB conferences. now scheduled for June 13-16 at the Bluffton Campus. This year we will be using many of the teachings from the well-known text titled: The Student Leadership Challenge by renowned authors Barry Posner and Jim Kouzes. Their books have been a hallmark on the writings of leadership for well over twenty years.

 

Early this year we will be forwarding an email to all administrators with more details on SCYLC-2019 including details on registration and the new payment plan.  

 

This past year has been amazing with excellent programs at both Clemson and USCB with so many students wanting to return and enjoy additional experiences in leadership.  The ILEAD-9 pilot at HHIHS will continue to reach some 300 ninth graders with many of the same teachings as at the SCYLC events.  It is our hope and expectation the ILEAD-9 programs will eventually become a staple of the early high school experiences helping each student achieve his or her personal goals.

 

Bill Moss

Executive Director

 

2017 Update

The SOUTH CAROLINA YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE, a non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization, is designed to provide an initial program on the fundamentals of personal leadership with ongoing follow up for those who complete the session. 

The program seeks to bring together one sophomore from each high school in the State of South Carolina for a four-day conference each spring at the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Hilton Head Gateway Campus and at Clemson University. 

In 2018 the conference dates are:  Clemson University May 17-20, 2018 and the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Hilton Head Gateway Campus June 7 – 10, 2018.  Students may select either as their choice although as one site fills the student will be placed in the other with notification to the school and student for approval.

We strongly recommend students be selected by their school principal and/or guidance counselor using the following guideline provided by the conference.  Essentially, it asks administrators to use their judgment in identifying those individuals who they believe to be among students with strong potential in leadership. 

These future leaders do not necessarily need to be among the “brightest” or be a “career oriented” student.  Many believe good, strong leadership often comes from others within a student cohort yet who are among the top 20 percent.  Often these are students with potential who may benefit from enhanced interpersonal skills.

We kindly ask notices of the conference not be posted as it suggests the program is open to all students. 

It is important to note this initiative does not end with the close of the conference because leadership is an art it must be practiced.  As such, students will leave the conference with the expectation their work is only beginning.  Many students write that they want to return to SCYLC as class counselors and one of the biggest “problems” is trying to accommodate these requests!

As the conference grows and funding becomes available students will ultimately be able to compete for scholarships.  The decision process will include various criteria set forth by the Advisory Board. 

All participants in the preparation of this event are volunteers, full-time employees of the University of South Carolina Beaufort, local school administrators, government officials or associated with relevant organizations.  The only paid persons are a small number of resident assistants at USCB during overnight hours at the accommodations of the students.

We are already engaged in the planning for SCYLC – 2018.  An early invitation with specific information will be sent to all schools in November.  Students may be registered at any time and may do so online.  We encourage all administrators to register their students early!  In 2017 the conference was full by mid-March.

In summary, the conference continues to develop and will do so in the years ahead.  We anticipate ongoing, highly successful programs and, with the support of those on the Advisory Board, the conference will become a staple in South Carolina helping to enrich the lives of those high school students who attend the conference. 

Should you have any questions or need clarification on any aspect of SCYLC please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss your interests.  

Thank you,

BILL

Bill Moss
Executive Director
South Carolina Youth Leadership Conference
scyouthleadership.org

billmosshhi@gmail.com

843 422-1728

2016 Update

The SOUTH CAROLINA YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE, a non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization, is designed to provide an initial program on the fundamentals of personal leadership with ongoing follow up for those who complete the session. 

The program seeks to bring together one sophomore from each high school in Eastern and Central South Carolina for a four-day conference each May at the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Hilton Head Gateway Campus. 

The students are selected by their school principal and/or guidance counselor using a guideline provided by the conference.  Essentially, it asks administrators to use their judgment in seeking those individuals who they believe to be among students with strong potential in leadership.  These future leaders do not necessarily need to be among the “brightest” or be a “career oriented” student.  Many believe good, strong leadership often comes from others within a student cohort.  

It is important to note this initiative does not end with the close of the conference because leadership is an art it must be practiced.  As such, students will leave the conference with the expectation their work is only beginning. 

Further, students will compete for a scholarship [amount to be determined] to be awarded in 2017 based on their completion of leadership activities completed in the interim two years.  The decision process will include various criteria set forth by the Advisory Board. 

All participants in the preparation of this event are volunteers, full-time employees of the University of South Carolina Beaufort, local school administrators, government officials or associated with relevant organizations.  The only paid persons are a small number of resident assistants at USCB during overnight hours at the accommodations of the students.

We are already engaged in the planning for SCYLC – 2017.  An early invitation with specific information will be sent to all schools during October.  Students may be registered at any time and may be done so online.  We encourage all administrators to register their students early!  

In subsequent years the vision for the conference is to expand to a statewide event that will include all 400 high schools.   This is currently under review as the proposed magnitude would poses logistical problems in the current venue.  The conference may have to be capped at 60 new attendees per event although alternative solutions are being considered.

In January the Executive Board will participate in a two-day seminar on organizational processes to further the growth of SCYLC.  This program will seek to examine the best path in engaging additional students throughout the state.  

In summary, the conference continues to develop and will do so in the years ahead.  We anticipate ongoing, highly successful programs and, with the support of those on the Advisory Board, the conference will become a staple in Beaufort County helping to enrich the lives of those high school students who attend the conference. 

Should you have any questions or need clarification on any aspect of SCYLC please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss your interests.  

Thank you,

Bill

Bill Moss
Executive Director
South Carolina Youth Leadership Conference
scyouthleadership.org

billmosshhi@gmail.com

843 422-1728

 

 

  

New Topics for 2016 Announced!

We are excited to add the following interactive, facilitated topics to our 2016 conference - Communications in Today’s Society led by Dr. Jayne Violette, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at USCB and Civics - How Government Works led by Maria Walls, Treasurer, Beaufort County, South Carolina.
These timely and special sessions will add greatly to the learning experience of the students!