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'America's Rising Stars' camp planned for Perham youth

An 'America's Rising Stars' day camp will be held in Perham this January. The camp will meet weekly on January 3, 10, 17, and 24--from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The location of the camp will be determined in the near future. Class size is limited to 12 students, between the ages of 13 and 19.

The Rising Stars Process was designed to help today's youth develop their personal leadership skills. Leadership is essential in enabling youth to develop character, confidence, and values that promote the goal of healthy behavior.

Educators, parents, government officials, and business people have all realized the importance of helping our youth develop their personal leadership skills. Empowered youth grow up feeling confident with themselves and with their ability to achieve goals.

America's Rising Stars is in part based on recognizing the Search Institute's forty developmental assets, experiences, opportunities, and internal capacities essential for health and success in our complex society. Search Institute is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, whose mission is to advance the well being of adolescents and children by generating knowledge and promoting its application.

Search Institute and America's Rising Stars believe if our society would invest more in positive attributes young people need, then we could expect high yields (in terms of healthier youth) as young people become healthy, contributing members of families, communities, workplaces, and society.

The America's Rising Stars Program is an innovative and unique inside-out development program that focuses on three critical elements that promote personal leadership, healthy behaviors, and the skills employers identify as essential. These elements are: developing attitudes, developing interpersonal skills, and developing goal-achievement skills.

The program has been field tested in an urban comprehensive high school, a middle school, a non-public special education program, a church youth club, and a community based program for adjudicated youth.

Developing personal leadership is a critical component to bringing today's youth into society and the workforce as healthy, productive contributors. America's Rising Stars proven process instills these behaviors along with an additional return on investment through prevention and reduction of risk behavior.

Tuition fees are $795 per student (includes all materials, lunch, and snacks). Local companies are encouraged to consider sponsoring a student, or giving a lump sum that can be applied to all the registrants.

For more information or to register for the Perham day camp, contact Eagle Associates Executive Coach Lois Greisen at 218-334-3744 or