Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Three Knox County Juniors Participating in Leadership Program

The Knox County Visioning Group (KCVG) has put together three amazing teams to compete in a new leadership program piloted by the Texas Midwest Community Network (TMCN).  High school juniors, Joanna Trevino and Adrian Silva of Knox City have teamed up with mentors Gary & Amy Snabble.  Elida Hernandez of Munday has teamed up with mentor Lina Trevino. These three students will complete a community project that makes them eligible to receive scholarships from TMCN in the fall.

Pictured L-R: Lina Trevino, Elida Hernandez, Joanna Trevino, Amy & Gary Snabble, Adrian Silva. 

April 22 the teams completed their first leadership event in Abilene, Texas, at Primetime Entertainment Center. Tutt & Daggs, a leadership facilitator company out of Abilene, lead the teams in interactive learning experiments that drove home the message of leadership and engagement.  They also discussed change and the challenges one can face when trying to make change in a community.  They also learned how to find the “bright spots” in their communities. The teams will gather again on September 23rd to complete another day of leadership training.

Michael Daggs presents to the Leadership teams. 

Each student will be working on a community project throughout the summer and early fall.  They will get guidance from their mentor and from the KCVG Director Jimi Coplen. These projects include a student lead coffee shop, a new billboard and a beautification/revitalization project. Upon completion of these projects, the students will have learned organization, follow through, budgeting and most importantly leadership skills. These leadership skills will equip them to be future leaders in college, in the workplace and in their communities.

There are scholarships up for grabs upon completion of these projects. Each team is competing independently and there are 12 teams total around the region involved in the program.
The KCVG is working in partnership with the Knox County Extension Service who received a grant to help pay for a portion of this program. They are also working in partnership with the Knox City ISD and the Munday CISD. “It takes several people to make this program successful.  We want these students to have a great experience, learn some things, and make an impact on the future of Knox County,” said Jimi Coplen, KCVG Director.

For more information, check out the KCVG facebook page at, or call 940-459-4121. 

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