Leadership through Service: Apply by April 30th!
Emerge is a leadership program for sophomores at ETHS. Northwestern University students and ETHS upperclassmen, run workshops to improve leadership skills of high school students and help the sophomores apply those skills to group projects that positively impact the community. Students must apply in the spring of freshman year to be considered.
Emerge includes monthly workshops where sophomores learn skills to become effective leaders in their school and community and guidance and instruction to do practical community development projects.
Throughout the program, participants will:
- Meet key decision-makers in Evanston and ETHS
- Attend monthly leadership skills workshops where they will learn practical strategies for making change
- Collaborate with local organizations on student-designed projects that impact on our community
Key Program Components:
There is NO cost to participate in the program. We provide dinner for students at each workshop and a t-shirt.
1) Meet & Greet--September
1-hour student and parent Meet & Greet one evening in September. Facilitators and staff explain details of the program, introduce facilitators, answer questions and do an activity.
2) Field Trip/Retreat –September
Learn more about issues impacting our city and school through conversations with community leaders, school leaders, and experts in their fields. Students decide on the key issues they want to work on throughout the year. Past speakers include: Mayor Tisdahl, Dr. Witherspoon, NU President Shapiro, Evanston Police, City Officials, activists and student leaders.
3) Leadership Workshops—October-April
The essence of the program is monthly Leadership Workshops on Tuesday evenings from 6:15pm-9pm at ETHS. Under the direction of Ms. Collins, ETHS juniors and NU students facilitate interactive workshop activities and group work focusing on these themes:
o Defining Leadership
o Communication and Advocacy
o Diversity and Inclusion
o Assets and Organization
o Project Planning and Group Dynamics
o Applying Leadership
o Presentation Skills
4) Community-Based Project Teams—October-May (scheduled during AM support, after school OR on weekends according to students’ availability)
Each participant will work on a community project with 4-5 other Emerge students and with the assistance of NU and ETHS student facilitators (juniors). The themes of the projects are chosen by the students with the goal of positively impacting the Evanston/ETHS community. Each project team partners with a community or school organization to design and implement a project. Teams will meet at least once per month with their group outside of the workshops and with Ms. Collins monthly as well.
5) Final Presentations--May
Students present their group project at Final Presentations in May. Parents, community members, school leaders, partners, former Emerge participants, and other guests are invited to the final presentations to learn about the impact of the projects.
Attendance is mandatory for all Emerge activities:
- Opening night (September)
- Field trip (Held in September, this is not required, but highly encouraged)
- Workshops (Beginning in October and ending in April--students may miss only 1 of the 7 workshops and only if approved by Ms. Collins in advance.)
- Final Presentations (May)
- Small group meetings—At least two additional mandatory group meetings per month will be scheduled according to the project group’s availability.
Important note: Many students with other commitments (such as student-athletes, performing artists) are able to manage the time commitment for Emerge, however, if you are on a team or involved in an activity that also has strict attendance and meets on most Tuesday nights, you probably can’t do both the activity and Emerge. See Ms. Collins with questions about how this might work for your individual situation.