In an effort to engage with community partners to develop the next generation of local leaders, Fresno State will host about 100 juniors and seniors from 24 area high schools on campus for the second annual Central Valley Emerging Leaders Summit Aug. 1-4.

“Everyone has the potential to be a leader,” says Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro, who will address the attendees during dinner at the University Dining Hall at 5 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 1).

“From the student body president at Orosi High School, to the most inspirational player on the softball team at Buchanan High, to the shy student at Madera High looking to get more involved, participants will walk away from this summit feeling inspired and capable of taking initiative on their campuses and making positive impacts in their communities,” said Castro, a 1984 graduate of Hanford High School and the first Valley native to serve as president of Fresno State.

The students will be welcomed to campus at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at the North Gym (Room 118) by Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Fresno State.

Jim Yovino, Fresno County Office of Education Superintendent, will deliver the closing keynote talk during lunch at noon Friday in the the University Dining Hall.

Designed to inspire area high school students who have leadership potential and to provide tools and strategies to take back and use at their high schools and in their communities, the free, four-day, three-night summit features leadership labs and workshops where students will hear from faculty, staff and community members.

They will engage in hands-on activities, participate in a service project and network with Fresno State student leaders while experiencing campus life.

Participating students, who were nominated by their high school counselors, also will serve at two local community benefit organizations and take part in experiential ropes course activities.

From 8:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, the students will take part in service projects at the Community Food Bank and the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Career panels on Wednesday will also include various community leaders

From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, the students will participate in high and low ropes course elements at the campus E.D.G.E Challenge Course.

Participants will receive certificates at Friday’s closing banquet in front of family and supporters.

“We believe in the students of the Central Valley — our emerging leaders — who come from diverse backgrounds to boldly achieve and make the Valley a better place,” Castro said. “Some students have already established themselves as leaders at their high schools, while others have yet to realize their leadership potential. We hope they will feel inspired to take initiative on their campuses and make positive impacts in their communities.”

The concept for the summit was born out of the University’s 2015 Bold Ideas Challenge, in which faculty and staff were invited to submit ideas to improve services to students or enhance processes. Staff members from the University’s Student Involvement Center and Office of the President then worked to develop the idea and make it a reality.

For more information, call  209.643.5323.


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