High school students spend their summer learning about leadership and community

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Juniors and seniors from all over Colorado Springs are spending eight days of their summer vacation talking about things like community, leadership and empowerment / Mike Duran -- FOX21 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A group of Colorado Springs students are getting a lesson in leadership.

Juniors and seniors from all over Colorado Springs are spending 8 days of their summer vacation talking about things like community, leadership and empowerment.

Every summer, Leadership Pikes Peak holds their Leading Edge program for teens.

Wednesday, July 13 marked the beginning of Innovation and Public Speaking Day where FOX21’s Taylor Bishop was a guest speaker talking to them about the media’s role in the community.

It’s 25 young men and women who want to make a difference.

Sarah Maher said, “I want to be a forensic scientist and a pilot so I’m considering military.”

“I want to be a doctor, maybe a surgeon,” said Ashley Medina. “I love helping people a lot and I’ve just always been interested in science.”

All of them come from different walks of life.

Coover Torke said, “We go around and just meet leaders and just kind of get this bigger idea of what goes in our community.”

They’re learning what it takes to be a great leader but also how to put those skills to use for the good of the community.

“It’s not only meeting new people and seeing the community but it’s just made me look at Colorado in a completely different way,” said Maher.

Torke said, “We had this homelessness day and I actually was unaware that there was a homeless shelter for teenagers and so that kind of hit close to home because they’re my age.”

By engaging these teens in the place they call home and empowering them to make it better, they’re creating future difference makers.

“In the future, I hope to you know take my career and attributes that I gained and give it to others who are less fortunate than me,” said Medina.

All summer long they’re getting to go hiking, visiting places like City Hall and seeing local art.

If you’d like to learn more about Leading Edge and Leadership Pikes Peak, visit their website here.

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