Emmet Leadership Academy

Date: September 24, 2012
Location: Emmet County
Contact: Kristy Dayson at 231-242-1593 or Emily Proctor at 231-439-8927

What is the Emmet Leadership Academy?
The Emmet 4-H Leadership Academy is a collaborative education program sponsored by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Emmet County Board of Commissioners and Michigan State University Extension. The program provides selected high school-aged students an opportunity to learn about tribal, local and state government with a "hands-on" approach.  Students will also engage in identifying public issues and learn how citizens work within government to accomplish public objectives and meet community needs.

How busy will you be?
You will be busy! You will learn how tribal, county and state government works, sit next to your commissioner and tribal council during an official meeting, visit with various department heads, work as a team to identify community issues important to teens, and work on possible action plans to address the issues. You will then head for Lansing to visit state offices and agencies, have breakfast with your state senator and representative, visit with lobbyists and spend a lot of time at the Capitol.

How do I apply?
You must be between 14 and 19 years of age.  You need to complete an application available on the Emmet CountyMSU Extension website. You can also contact Kristy Dayson at 231-242-1593 or Emily Proctor at 231-439-8927. A selection committee will review the applications, conduct interviews and select the student representative for each district. A $20 registration fee is due at the date of the first meeting.

Schedule: 

  • Monday, September 24 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tribal Government Center
    Introduction to Tribal Government

    Learn about the history of the tribe, what services the tribe provides for its members and how you can become involved.

  • Monday, October 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tribal Government Center
    Visiting Tribal Government Offices

    This will require a full day off from school.

    We will be meeting with those doing the work of the Tribe; including the Tribal Administrator, Tribal Chairman, Tribal Courts and Tribal Law Enforcement

  • Sunday, November 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tribal Government Center
    Tribal Council Meeting

    We will sit in on a Tribal Council Meeting and learn how the legislative process works at the Tribe.

  • Monday, January 22 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tribal Government Center
    Introduction to County Government

    Learn how county government works and the roles of different people you elect on the county level.

  • Thursday, February 14 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the County Commission Chambers
    Visiting Emmet County Government and Board of Commissioners meeting

    This will require a partial day off of school.

    We will be visiting the county jail, courts and other departments and end the day sitting in on a meeting with the Emmet County board of commissioners.

  • Monday, March 11 from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tribal Government Center
    Meeting with other Emmet County officials and attend Capitol Experience orientation

    We will meet with other elected and appointed county officials, and discuss our four-day trip to Lansing.

  • Sunday to Wednesday, March 17 - 20in Lansing, Mich.
    4-H Capitol Experience

    Academy participants will represent the tribe and Emmet County at Michigan 4-H Capitol Experience held at our state Capitol.  You will miss three days of school.  If needed, we will contact school officials to explain the program. You will have breakfast with your state senator and representative.  You will visit lobbyists, state agencies and state departments.  You will discover first-hand how state public policy is made.  Issue groups will include criminal sentencing, prison system, domestic violence and juvenile crime, etc.

  • Monday, April 22 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tribal Government Center
    Issues Identification

    The nine member academy will work together to identify community issues and propose possible action plans to address the issues. Parents are welcome to attend.

  • Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tribal Government Center
    Presentation to Tribal Council

    We will present the issues we felt were most important to tribal leaders and make recommendations for action.

  • Wednesday, May 9 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Emmet County Commission Chambers
    Presentation to Emmet County Commissioners

    We will present the issues we felt were most important to county leaders and make recommendations for action.  There will also be an evaluation of the program for all participants.

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