Student program partners with local groups for family learning event

For Penn State Lehigh Valley students, community service and civic engagement are as much a part of student life as going to class and writing a term paper. For nine years, the campus has endeavored to instill that tradition in promising local high school students through its Emerging Leaders Institute.

The Institute has partnered with Cops N' Kids and the Lehigh Valley Dual Language Charter School to offer a family learning event that will include promoting the theme of kindness and caring through reading and activities. The event takes place from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb, 5, at the Northampton Community College Fowler Center Reading Room. The event is free and open to children and families throughout the Lehigh Valley. The Fowler Center is located at 511 East Third Street, Bethlehem, Pa.

With more than 250 graduates in the program, the Emerging Leaders Institute promotes civic engagement, ethical decision-making, and transformational leadership. Students are recommended by guidance counselors, complete an application, and are selected based on their potential for leadership and community involvement. Throughout the program, students learn about their leadership style, understand and communicate effectively to lead organizations, and participate in many interactive sessions that support teamwork, collaboration, and foster change. The Emerging Leaders Institute partners with many community agencies, organizations, and legislators to create a program that will empower and inspire the Lehigh Valley’s youth to become active citizens passionate about their communities.

For more information, contact University Relations at 610-285-5067 or e-mail

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Last Updated January 25, 2011