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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield Hall 218
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
UW-Eau Claire Leadership Institute
To Welcome 40 High School Students
phone (715) 836-4741
fax (715) 836-2900

MAILED: June 18, 1999

EAU CLAIRE — Forty teens from Wisconsin, Minnesota and Arkansas will spend next week learning how to survive and thrive in a changing environment.
"This is a proactive approach to trying to prevent the types of tragedies we've seen in recent years involving middle- and upper middle-class teen violence around the country," said Dr. Doug Hallatt, director of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Leadership Institute. "We have nine years of experience in helping teens learn decision-making skills, build their self-confidence and develop a purpose in life."
During the June 20-25 Leadership Institute, the teens will participate in a variety of activities that are designed to help them reach their personal, academic and career aspirations through development of critical life skills such as goal-setting, time management, risk taking, interpersonal communication and assertiveness. This is one of four weeklong Leadership Institute sessions offered this summer, with two being held at UW-Eau Claire and two at the Carlson School of Management in Minnesota.
"Leadership is the ability to attain common goals through the empowerment of people," Hallatt said. "The students are learning to be responsible for themselves. What happens to them is up to them. Life is full of choices."
In its ninth year, the Institute is on the cutting edge of a movement that is designed to create leaders by instilling in them the values and consciousness of a socially responsible citizen, Hallatt said. Participants in the weeklong programs are middle and high school students as well as incoming college freshmen.
"Leadership involves giving time, talent and service for the greater good of society," Hallatt said, noting that teen behavior and values have become particularly hot topics in recent months. "Leadership provides the framework for students to give something back to their community."
"The Institute has the ability to change lives, to give meaning to life and provides an environment in which an amazing amount of personal growth occurs," said Mike Weber, a past Teen Institute participant from Durand.
The Institute is run through the UW-Eau Claire College of Business Center for Leadership and is staffed by university students who have taken part in Hallatt's leadership seminars. It provides an opportunity for teens to meet other teens and to become familiar with UW-Eau Claire's campus.
"By coming to the Leadership Institute, I was given the tools to become a successful leader and be prepared for college," said Bridget Dillion, a UW-Eau Claire sophomore and past participant.
Ken Vance, president and owner of Ken Vance Motors in Eau Claire, has been involved with the Leadership Institute since its inception when his son, Jay, was a participant. "My son has maintained friendships with other attendees to this day," Vance said, noting that his son said at the time that the week he spent at the camp was the best week of his life. "The camp has been attended by many of our friends' children and I also sent my niece. The assessment has been universal by all who attended — it's fantastic."
The cost of the institute is $425, which includes tuition, materials and room and board. Funding comes from participants, scholarships from various corporations and schools, and the Department of Public Instruction.
For more information, contact Hallatt at (715) 836-4364.

UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Schofield 218
(715) 836-4741

Updated: June 21, 1999