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7/9/2018 9:15:00 AM
COMMENTARY: Goshen youth to learn leadership while on nonprofit boards

Marshall V. King, South Bend Tribune Freelance Writer

GOSHEN — ULEAD is practiced at showing youth and adults how to navigate a ropes course together.

Now it’s going to put youth alongside adults to show them the ropes on local nonprofit boards.

ULEAD started about 20 years ago as a camp at Oakwood Academy to develop servant leadership in high school students. Howard Brembeck, the force behind Chore-Time Brock and Fourth Freedom Forum, backed the effort. Junior high students came along soon after. The focus has been on teaching via experience, not paper.

In recent years, the organization offers workshops across Indiana and in Chicago. It’s worked primarily with management teams, youth workers and youth, according to Ben Rheinheimer, one of four full-time staff members. It’s been working with Child and Parent Services on a yearlong contract.

Rheinheimer had the idea of a longer program to help local youth. After months of work, StudentLINC will launch this fall.

The program will include monthly workshops for six youth and placement on a local nonprofit board in Gosh-en as a non-voting advisory member.

Downtown Goshen Inc., Center for Healing and Hope, Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network and Big Brothers Big Sisters have all committed to letting someone on the board.

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