High School Leaders to Attend Presidential Youth Leadership Conference at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions

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High school leaders will convene in Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul later this month for the Presidential Youth Leadership Conference. The programs, sponsored by the youth leadership organization, LeadAmerica, will take place during the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. High school students will plan and run a simulated national convention of their own.

This is a historic election year for our country

Later this month, high school leaders from across the United States will convene in Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul for the 2008 Presidential Youth Leadership Conference. The 6-day programs, sponsored by LeadAmerica, will take place during the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. High school students attending the conferences were each selected on the basis of demonstrated academic excellence, extracurricular involvement and strong leadership potential.

At the PYLC, students will work in campaign teams and political action committees, and take part in a simulated National Convention. In a campaign team, they will take on the role of a candidate, campaign manager, media director, policy director or campaign strategist. Or, as a member of a political action committee, they will act as an executive director, media director, policy director or political strategist. They will develop a platform, anticipate the opposition, organize and run a Town Hall meeting and lobby the candidates.

Students will meet party leaders, key campaign leaders, members of the media and policy experts and analysts. They will attend their state's delegate breakfast meeting where they'll meet and get to know state delegates attending the national convention.

"This is a historic election year for our country," says Chris M. Salamone, Esq., Founder and Executive Director of LeadAmerica. "The students attending this conference are our future leaders. It is my sincere hope that the PYLC will instill in these young leaders ethical and principled values that will help them along the road toward a successful and rewarding life of leadership."

The Presidential Youth Leadership Conference is offered during the Democratic National Convention in Denver, as well as during the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul. A few spaces are still available in the conferences.

The PYLC also offers a Presidential Inaugural conference that will take place in Washington, DC during the 2009 presidential inauguration.

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.

Further information on LeadAmerica and the Presidential Youth Leadership Conference can be found at http://www.lead-america.org or by calling 1.866.FYI.LEAD (394.5323).

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