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Valdez selected to travel to leadership forum

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Submitted to the Optic

Tristen S. Valdez, a student at Mora Middle School, will travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in a People to People World Leadership Forum. Valdez, along with fellow students from around the world, will take part in developing leadership skills, learning about times in American history, meet with important leaders and explore current challenges, practice teambuilding skills, and visit national memorials and historic sites.

Throughout the course the program in Washington, D.C., Valdez will learn about leadership and how iconic leaders throughout history have handled world events. Various hands-on activities, relevant professional speakers, small-group workshops, and visits to significant memorials, museums and monuments will provide Valdez with insights on the importance and essential need for informed and inspired world leaders.

“What I am most excited about is that attending this forum will increase my education to better prepare for effective citizenship in a free form of government,” Valdez said.

The People to People World Leadership Forum offers students a unique blend of specialized educational, leadership, and cultural exposure through a variety of programs, as well as an itinerary filled with the highlights of the hosting community. While in Washington, D.C., Valdez will have the opportunity to create lifelong memories and form lasting friendships with other Leadership Ambassadors from around the world.

Participants in People to People World Leadership Forum often experience life-changing shifts in their attitudes toward personal responsibility, global leadership, and cultural diversity, returning home with enhanced leadership skills and self-confidence.