HAMPTON, Va. (July 29, 2018) - Hampton University hosted the 21st Annual William R. Harvey Leadership Institute High School Leadership Summit from July 8 – 14, 2018. This year’s theme was 21st Century Leaders: The Millennial Generation, specifically designed to help rising high school juniors and seniors focus on “The Leader Within,” while gaining knowledge about Dr. William R. Harvey’s Ten Step Leadership Model. This residential program provided students with opportunities to establish a plan for after graduation through several challenging, but beneficial programs throughout the summit.
“This year’s 21st Annual Leadership Summit was very beneficial for these young high school students. They were introduced to a plethora of public figures throughout the Hampton Roads community,” said Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey. “Each year, I look forward to speaking to these bright and gifted youth, encouraging them to reach the highest heights and to fully invest in themselves.”
This year’s summit hosted sixty-three rising high school juniors and seniors from various states across the country. The participants were introduced to a team of professional front-runners who shared their leadership styles and professional experiences, representing diverse professional backgrounds. Some of the presenters included, award-winning reporter, Mr. Don Roberts; Mrs. Jamesa C. Moone Hunter who works for the Executive Office of The President, Office of the United States Trade Representative; Ambassador James R. Bullington, who served in Burundi, and United States Congressman, Honorable Robert C. “Bobby” Scott.
“Our theme was 21st Century Leaders: The Millennial Generation. The students attending the summit are Generation Z, they are not millennials, so I want them to understand what their academic and professional competition will be globally from an international perspective and not just from their peers here in America. Each of the presenters selected have an enormous global footprint as it pertains to culture, ethnic, language, and religious diversity. They have achieved and received numerous accolades and done remarkable things in their academic, personal and professional careers, not only in the Commonwealth of Virginia, but for all citizens of the global community,” said Dr. Jarris Louis Taylor, Jr., Director of the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute. “I wanted these students from different academic institutions, backgrounds, and social economic statuses to build upon the theme of a 21st Century Leader and be exposed to something different other than the normal as they truly are the future leaders of our beloved country.”
The William R. Harvey Leadership Institute had 10 of its very own Leadership Fellows participate and serve as fulltime counselors during the summit as a source to help and encourage students to take the necessary steps to further their education after high school. Twelve students interviewed and were accepted for early admission to Hampton University, and even had an opportunity to take a picture with Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey after he provided remarks at the closing ceremony. Some students also received a personalized copy of President Harvey’s latest book, “Principles of Leadership: The Harvey Leadership Model.”
“When I attended the summit last year, I had an amazing experience with the other students and counselors. After attending the summit, I set a goal for myself to attend Hampton University and to become a camp counselor the following year,” said Jala Tucker, WRHLI Leadership Fellow and rising sophomore at Hampton University. “I soon realized the power of speaking your vision into existence. As a counselor, I wanted to make an impact on the students and help them understand their value and worth as young gifted minds. I really enjoyed giving back to these students and to the Leadership Institute which helped shape me into the leader I am today."
The William R. Harvey Leadership Institute Summit Included:
- The Harvey Leadership Model
- 14 Guest Speakers
- Leadership & Team Building Activities
- A Trip to Busch Gardens Amusement Park
- Workshop Topics Included:
- The Model United Nations
- 21st Century Civic Leadership
- Father & Son: A Multigenerational Perspective
- Financial Literacy – Preparing for College