Program Information

First Year Class 2021-2022

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Who: Students are selected for the leadership program because they have leadership potential and would benefit from being a part of this program. Students will learn and practice their leadership skills, build a leadership network, and must be prepared to expand their school and/or civic leadership roles.

Second Year Class 2021-2022:

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Who: The Central Wisconsin Second Year High School Leadership Program is for high school students who have completed the first year leadership program and would like to take their leadership skills to the next level.

Experience: The Central Wisconsin Area High School Leadership Program is meant to help students:

  • Develop leadership skills, confidence, and character in area high school students through project based learning and interactive activities.
  • Build a culture and capacity for civic engagement by connecting area high school students with community leaders.
  • Partner with area businesses to help area high schools students realize that they can achieve their career and leadership goals right here in Central Wisconsin.

Experience: The second year high school leadership program will provide opportunities for the second year students to:

  • Participate in interactive activities focused on communication, team work, conflict resolution, facilitation methods, etiquette, and presentation styles.
  • Demonstrate their leadership skills.
  • Meet and discuss leadership techniques with community members.
  • Assess his/her own leadership skills through various assessment tools.

Application Process: Students are selected for the leadership program because they have leadership potential and would benefit from being a part of this program. Students will learn and practice their leadership skills, build a leadership network, and must be prepared to expand their school and/or civic leadership roles.

Application Process: Second year leadership students will be required to complete an application and explain how they would benefit from a second year experience. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and selected students will be notified by the end of August.

Commitment: It is a seven month commitment beginning in the fall. To graduate from the Central Wisconsin High School Leadership program, a participant is expected to attend the opening three day retreat at Camp Manito-wish, participate in the full day workshops, attend the closing graduation ceremony, and complete a class project.
*Participating school districts have indicated release time will be given if needed.

Commitment: It is a seven month commitment beginning in the fall. A participant is expected to attend the opening three day retreat at Camp Manito-wish, participate in the full-day workshops, attend the closing graduation ceremony, and apply their leadership skills in various activities.

Sponsors: The Wisconsin Institute of Public Policy and Service (WIPPS), area businesses, foundations, and the local school districts sponsor this program so teens have a chance to learn about and practice their leadership skills. The program is modeled after Leadership Wausau/Marathon County.

Sponsors: The Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS), area businesses, foundations, and the local school districts sponsor this program so teens have a chance to learn about and practice their leadership skills.

Workshop Dates

First Year

Group 1

October 20, 2021

  • Title: John Muir Middle School, Auditorium, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • Purpose: Introduce and review the expectations of the program to the students and their parents. Students will take the True Colors Survey and identify their strengths.

Group 2

October 20, 2021

  • Title: John Muir Middle School, Auditorium, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • Purpose: Introduce and review the expectations of the program to the students and their parents. Students will take the True Colors Survey and identify their strengths.

October 28-30, 2021

  • Opening Retreat: Trust and team building-Camp Manito-wish. Bus leaves John Muir Middle School at 1 p.m. on Thursday and returns between 4 and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Purpose: Experience the low and high ropes course as well as participate in team building activities. These activities will demonstrate different leadership techniques, provide problem solving situations, and build self-confidence.

October 28-30, 2021

  • Opening Retreat: Trust and team building-Camp Manito-wish. Bus leaves John Muir Middle School at 1 p.m. on Thursday and returns between 4 and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
  • Purpose: Experience the low and high ropes course as well as participate in team building activities. These activities will demonstrate different leadership techniques, provide problem solving situations, and build self-confidence.

November 12, 2021

  • Understanding Ourselves & Project Design: Greenheck Fan, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Purpose: Students will learn to identify the strengths and weaknesses of themselves and others. Students will learn about community resources and identify a community project in which the group will accomplish during the program year.

November 12, 2021

  • Understanding Ourselves & Project Design: Greenheck Fan, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Purpose: Students will learn to identify the strengths and weaknesses of themselves and others. Students will learn about community resources and identify a community project in which the group will accomplish during the program year.

January 17, 2022

  • Defining Your Leadership Style through the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Lens: Location to be announced, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Purpose: Students will participate in Martin Luther King Day activities to learn about diversity, tolerance, and implicit bias.

January 17, 2022

  • Defining Your Leadership Style in the Private Sector: Various business locations, 8:15 a.m. till 2:30 p.m.
  • Purpose: Students will learn how their personality is related to careers and various occupations. Students will take a self-survey and visit various local businesses. As part of the day they will learn the history of the area and hopefully realize what a great place the Wausau area is to live and work.

February 18, 2022

  • Defining Your Leadership Style in the Private Sector: Various business locations, 8:15 a.m. till 2:30 p.m.
  • Purpose: Students will learn how their personality is related to careers and various occupations. Students will take a self-survey and visit various local businesses. As part of the day they will learn the history of the area and hopefully realize what a great place the Wausau area is to live and work.

February 18, 2022

  • Defining Your Leadership Style through the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Lens: Location to be announced, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Purpose: Students will participate in Martin Luther King Day activities to learn about diversity, tolerance, and implicit bias.

April 1, 2022

  • Defining Your Leadership Style in the Public Sector and Closure: Location to be determined: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Purpose: Students with have an opportunity to learn facilitation skills, practice their leadership style participating in hands on activities that include problem solving, goal setting, and collaboration. Students will learn how to conduct a meeting and participate in a mock city council meeting.

April TBD, 2022

  • Defining Your Leadership Style in the Public Sector and Closure: Location to be determined: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Purpose: Students with have an opportunity to learn facilitation skills, practice their leadership style participating in hands on activities that include problem solving, goal setting, and collaboration. Students will learn how to conduct a meeting and participate in a mock city council meeting.

April TBD, 2022

  • Graduation [Date and location to be determined]: Location to be announced, 6:30 p.m.
  • Purpose: Celebrate the accomplishments of the students. The students will also present their projects to their parents, community members, and school district staff.

April TBD, 2022

  • Graduation [Date and location to be determined]: Location to be announced, 6:30 p.m.
  • Purpose: Celebrate the accomplishments of the students. The students will also present their projects to their parents, community members, and school district staff.

Second Years

October 2021

  • Title: Orientation

October 2021

    • Title: Opening Retreat at Camp Manito-wish-YMCA
    • Purpose: To build one’s confidence and provide team building opportunities with the Central Wisconsin High School Leadership first year students as well as students from the Portage County leadership program.

November 2021

  • Title: Assessing Your Leadership Ability
  • Purpose:To analyze and assess one’s own leadership style.

January 2022

  • Title: Developing your Project Management Skills
  • Purpose: Learn strategies to lead a team, manage a project, facilitate a group, and work with difficult people.

February 2022

  • Title: Identify Communication Strategies
  • Purpose: Learn different communication styles, effective listening skills, how to talk with the media, and business etiquette.

March 2022

  • Title: Mastering your Leadership Skills
  • Purpose: Apply your leadership skills by organizing activities for the first-year leadership students and practice your etiquette skills at a networking breakfast or luncheon.

April 2022

  • Title: Graduation

Information to come

STUDENT COMMITMENT:  To graduate from the Wausau Area High School Leadership program, a participant is expected to attend all the sessions including the opening retreat, the full-day sessions and the closing graduation ceremony as well as complete a class project.  Participating school districts have indicated release time will be given if needed.

Central Wisconsin Leadership Contacts:

If you have any questions regarding the high school leadership program, please click on the button below and feel free to contact the Wisconsin Institute of Public Policy and Service (WIPPS) at https://wipps.com/programs/cwhsl/contact-us/ or wausauleadership@gmail.com.