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IU, IU Northwest to host ‘Keeping the Dream Alive’ Dream Symposium on Feb. 23

Event follows the Dr. Bernice A. King Youth Rally

Thursday Jan 31, 2013

Indiana University Northwest, in collaboration with the Indiana University Community and Schools Partnership Program, will host the “Keeping the Dream Alive” Dream Symposium at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23 in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, located in the Savannah Center.

The event, open to all local youth, will be facilitated by Shawn K. Woods, a motivational speaker who will inspire, support, and energize students.

The program will help students understand the most common traits and best practices shared by generations of powerful leaders.

Students will better understand the concept of leadership, develop their own leadership style and be guided toward recognizing individual choices and changes which will allow them to become great leaders.

The interactive workshop will teach students to better understand:

  • What is a leader and how to become an effective leader
  • Determining destination and identification of purpose
  • Communicating like a leader: speak, write and listen
  • Goal setting
  • Creative thinking and problem solving
  • How to make good decisions and sound choices
  • Being a role model for others
  • Branding and positive versus negative networking

Participants will also develop programs and projects to be implemented over the course of 2013. Attendees will then meet quarterly to monitor progress of the proposed programs and projects. Participants will then report their findings and progress at the convening of the 2014 Youth Rally and Dream Symposium.

Student must pre-register to attend the “Keeping the Dream” Dream Symposium at Students in sixth through 12th grade must be accompanied by parent and/or legal guardian.

For more information, please contact Rochelle Brock at (219) 980-6889 or at

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