PRESTONSBURG — Carl D. Perkins Job Corps Student Government Association officers took on the issues of bullying and disrespect to staff, as part of an action plan they created for their center and presented to fellow SGA officers at the end of the weeklong SGA Leadership Conference.
The conference, held twice a year, focused on the theme: Leadership and Citizenship. The Perkins delegation joined SGA officers from 10 other Job Corps centers for the conference, held Oct. 23-26 at Camp Horizons near Harrisonburg, Va. The event, hosted by Horizons Youth Services, which operates the Perkins center, offers training in leadership, communication skills, critical thinking skills, personal responsibility and team building.
The weeklong conference culminates with each team of SGA officers presenting their action plans to fellow SGA delegations at the conference. Teams will present their action plans to the senior management staff at their centers when they return to their centers.
The Perkins team’s action plan had three main components: creating and implementing a bullying program to educate students about bullying and its effects; creating and implementing a mentor program that matches SGA members with new students; and holding monthly Bullying Awareness assemblies to help educate students about the issues of bullying and disrespect to staff.
The Perkins team included Temika Hodge, president; Rose Petit, vice president; Bria Baulding, secretary; Peter Larkin, treasurer; Travis Strope, sergeant at arms; and Benny Casilla, committee chair. Advisors accompanying the students were Tiffany Fannin and Harold Auxier.
For additional information about the Region 2 SGA Leadership Conference, please visit HorizonsLeadership.com.