Teens Attend July 4 Leadership Rally at Jefferson Memorial

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More than 900 teen leaders will convene at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC on Friday, July 4, to celebrate our nation's independence and reflect on the importance of leadership among teenagers today. These high school students, who come from across the United States and around the world are attending LeadAmerica youth leadership conferences in Washington.

This July 4, more than just fireworks will be happening at the national mall. More than 900 teen leaders will convene at the Jefferson Memorial to celebrate our nation's independence and reflect on the importance of leadership among teenagers today. These high school students are all attending LeadAmerica youth leadership conferences in Washington.

The event will feature a teen representative who will present a statement of leadership truths for young leaders. The statement, authored by students attending the LeadAmerica conferences, will highlight what they believe are key tenets of leadership and the standards to which young leaders should hold themselves.

LeadAmerica's founder and Executive Director, Chris M. Salamone, will give the keynote address. "I am honored to have the opportunity to speak to such a large group of outstanding young leaders," said Salamone. "Leadership is the key to what these teens will do with their lives and how well they will do it. These teens are our future. So it is imperative that we nurture their leadership potential from a very young age." Through educational and leadership programs founded and conducted by Mr. Salamone over the past 19 years, the lives of nearly 60,000 students have been enriched.

The teens attending the rally are all part of this year's LeadAmerca youth leadership conferences. They are attending one of several leadership development programs held on university campuses throughout the city. The programs focus on experiential learning in which the student leaders engage in hands-on activities, simulations and workshops designed to help them develop essential leadership skills. Negotiation, team building and creative thinking are among the topics covered. LeadAmerica leadership conferences on subjects including national leadership, intelligence and national defense, medicine, law and forensic science are being held at Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, American, Catholic and other area universities. These and other leadership conferences are being held on university campuses around the country this summer.

One of the students attending a 2008 LeadAmerica conference is Jessica Cheuvront, a rising sophomore from Cantonsvill, MD. "I want to impact people's lives for the better," said Cheuvront. She feels that the leadership conference will give her experience in working with groups and in public speaking. She added, "I want to fight as a representative of the people and get them more involved in the government."

About LeadAmerica:
LeadAmerica is the nation's premier youth leadership organization. With a commitment to providing quality leadership education, LeadAmerica empowers teenage leaders and instills in them ethical and principled leadership values, attitudes and skills. Each of its high school conferences is college-accredited and its programs are approved activities of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. LeadAmerica sponsors the Congressional Student Leadership Conference for high school students, the National Junior Leaders Conference for middle and junior high school students, Ambassadors Abroad international study programs in China, Australia and Europe, and Washington Summer Scholars, a college-level academic program held in partnership with American University.

More information about LeadAmerica can be found at http://www.lead-america.org.

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