Symposium will provide leadership training for teens

Some area high school students will have a chance to gain Army-style leadership skills in March.

"We're hoping we're going to be able to reach out and touch a different segment of the community," said Lynn Harshman, of Fort Gordon's Army Community Service, which will be presenting a teen leadership symposium March 10.

The symposium is based on a program called Army Family Team Building, which has several components. The more advanced classes branch out into other subjects such as time management, problem-solving techniques, developing presentations and communications. Those are just some of the topics that will be covered in the teen symposium, Ms. Harshman said.

These are "generic enough and not Army specific" to be a valuable resource to those outside the Army, she said. "In the AFTB modules, there is some really good information."

Ms. Harshman said she has sent letters to all the high schools in Richmond and Columbia counties and invited students involved in student government to take part. She said the program could be extended to middle schools if there is enough interest.

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