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Building Tomorrow's Leaders

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Building Tomorrow’s Leaders is a comprehensive leadership program geared to high school students (also available for grades seven and eight.) The program aims to:

  • Empower students to get involved in school and civic organizations.
  • Build confidence and strengthen the skills students need to lead others.
  • Assist students in developing their personal and professional networks.
  • Help students complete a project to meet a school or community need by applying what they have learned.

Each module contains activities that will enhance students’ learning. Activities include a Real Colors temperament assessment, parliamentary procedure practice, mock interviews, and many more hands-on activities within each topic area to achieve a better understanding and increased skill level.

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The Building Tomorrow’s Leaders program compliments the North Dakota Choice Ready framework skills and aligns well with the North Dakota content standards in career & technical education, English language arts, library & technology and social studies. The ND Department of Public Instruction partners with NDSU Extension to provide fiscal support to meet needs identified in the area of civic engagement programs.

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Participating high school students are encouraged to complete all eight units with the ability to choose which activities they want to use within each module. Completing a minimum of six modules is required for reimbursement from ND DPI. School facilitators are given the flexibility to implement the Building Tomorrow’s Leaders program in a format that best meets the needs of the given school district. Suggested formats may include but are not limited to regular class periods, two-hour time slots, and half-day or full-day workshops.


For program information, contact:

Marie Hvidsten, NDSU Extension Program Coordinator, Leadership and Civic Engagement at or 701-730-1282

For school proposal submission:
Taylor Olsen, Education Program Administrator at 701-328-2629