The Second Annual Youth Leadership Conference “Taking the Risk,
Guided by Principle” will be held Tuesday, Jan. 19, on the LeTourneau University campus. The
conference is a joint project between the Longview Independent School District Office of
International Baccalaureate Initiatives and LeTourneau University Conference and Event
“At LeTourneau University, we want to have an impact on every
workplace in every nation, including those closest to us—our community and local students,” said
Marty Lane, LETU Director of Conference and Event Services. “We want to make a difference in the
world by taking measured risks, but always guided by principles of ethical values.”
Each secondary school in Longview will select 100 students to
attend the day-long leadership training event. In addition, up to 100 students will
participate from other Texas schools including LISD, Pine Tree ISD, Hallsville ISD, Spring Hill ISD
and the Trinity School of Texas, as well as other schools from the area.
Various activities will be held throughout the day to build
teamwork and leadership skills. LETU students will serve as mentors and will lead participants in
small group sessions, facilitating discussion about their own leadership experiences. They
will also present information about LETU student projects, including LeTourneau Engineering Global
Solutions (LEGS) that uses education to solve problems in developing countries.
“Our LETU students will share what they’re working on that affects
the world,” Lane said.
The keynote speaker will be former San Diego Chargers quarterback
Neal Jeffrey during the general session from 9 to 10:15 a.m. in the university’s S.E. Belcher Jr.,
Chapel and Performance Center, 2100 South Mobberly Ave. The public is invited to attend.
Both LISD and LETU administrators say they hope the conference
will help students recognize and develop their natural leadership abilities.
“Every talent has value,” said Margaret Davis, LISD Director of
IB. “Our students can start making a difference now, wherever they are.”