In a world that is constantly evolving, the need for strong and visionary leaders is paramount. Traditionally, leadership development programs have catered to professionals and adults. However, Reaching Higher, a groundbreaking leadership development class for students is breaking the mold by empowering young individuals to reach their full potential before becoming adults. This life-changing program aims to impact our world and shape the future by providing personal leadership development and coaching to youth. Over the last three years, Reaching Higher has had a profound impact on our students at Pinckney Community Schools.
The best way to understand the impact that Reaching Higher has on students is to read personal quotes from Pinckney Community High School students who have taken the class.
“Before joining this course, I thought my own life and everyone else’s life were going out perfectly. But over the first weeks, I realized that not everything is perfect, and there are issues that everyone has, no matter how big or small they are. With the course, I finally got a perspective, a perspective of understanding. I’ve been able to organize and reduce the stress of my issues, along with being able to help and being able to be there when others are struggling. Mistakes are OKAY, and we aren’t perfect. But like one of my favorite songs, “You’re not the only one, who can’t see straight,” (Shinedown, GET UP). Be who you are and don’t let anything bring you down. I AM MYSELF.”
“Before this program, I lacked some confidence in the writing department. But Reaching Higher has shown me that by setting goals, I can reach for things I think are hard and succeed. Even a goal set for something small can turn into something big. Changes I have made to my life are that I have started setting goals. I have decided that I will do my best to write down a story that one day will be a part of a book that I want to publish. I have also stopped being so hard on myself. New possibilities I see are having more control over my life and setting a path toward what I want to achieve. I have met so many amazing people in this class and I hope to keep in contact with all of them. Thank you Reaching Higher.”
As evidenced by the two quotes above, Reaching Higher aims to create a ripple effect that extends far beyond the program itself. By investing in the personal growth and development of its participants, the program strives to cultivate a new generation of socially responsible and caring leaders who are destined to live their life to the fullest.
Reaching Higher is a transformative leadership development class that is revolutionizing the way we nurture and empower young leaders at Pinckney Community Schools. Through its focus on personal growth, empathy for others, and a commitment to creating positive change, Reaching Higher empowers its students to become catalysts for progress. As the program continues to expand its reach, we can look forward to a future shaped by compassionate, fearless, and strong young leaders who are determined to make a difference.