What an exciting and eventful month for the Elizabeth Edwards Fellows Program!
We welcomed Dee Atkinson and Russell Miles from the North Carolina General Assembly to talk to our Junior fellows about their local government. The fellows learned how to find and track bills, follow chamber activities, meetings, and issues, and the best way to find and communicate with their State House and Senate Representatives. The fellows also learned important ways to advocate for themselves and their community, and gained valuable advice for getting involved in politics and local government issues.
The Junior fellows also attended a College Application Readiness Workshop hosted by the Raleigh College Center. The workshop, led by a local high school counselor, gave strategies for creating the best possible application for colleges.
The Sophomore fellows have also been busy with the Step It Up 2 Thrive Trainings. This month, the fellows have been creating personal goals and learning goal management skills. Dr. Richard Learner at Tufts Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, has demonstrated that young people who develop strong goal management skills are on a positive journey toward thriving. In Step It Up 2 Thrive, goal management is described as an internal GPS guidance system- thus helping the fellows with their Goal Selection, Pursuit of Strategies, and Shifting Gears in the face of challenges.