Since 1981, The Leadership School has been empowering youth to contribute positively to society by promoting responsible decision making, focusing on ways to build and maintain healthy relationships, broadening and raising aspirations and improving social competencies.

Over 35 years later, we serve over 8,000 students a year from throughout Maine and as far away as Pennsylvania, through residential and outreach programs for young people and the adults who affect them.

ALL I EVER REALLY NEEDED TO KNOW I LEARNED AT THE LEADERSHIP SCHOOL

And sometimes I wonder what the whole world would be like, if every person on earth wore a nametag, and picked up two pieces of trash after meals. What if lights out for all was at 9pm and wake up at 7, and if everybody showered on a regular basis for under 3 minutes a day… If bridges were built with tinker toys, and we all had solo time… What if every child had a harness, a rope, and a belay team strapped to them before going out in the world and we all played hard,played safe, and played fair… and everyone in the whole world received 3 meals and 3 snacks a day? If every morning the townspeople came out to play speed rabbit at community meeting and every afternoon after work or school the whole world had choice-time…

What if the major leaders of the world could get together for an afternoon of trust falls and “I messages” and every Thursday night we all had a celebration, if every night at family meeting we shared our high points of our day, and each city rotated around chores, to clean up around the world… What if we all had time to go back to our homes and put on a second layer, and juggling life was as easy and fun as juggling soft kushy objects…

What would life be like if everyone was treated with kindness and respect, if hugs were unconditional, and we all walked our talk? If the good stuff stayed inside our beings and the bad stuff stayed outside, and if at the end of every year, everyone gave each other a put up. What if we could all take a class on relationships? And what if at the end of it all, the whole world could play a great big game, receive graduation certificates, and exit to the sound of applause…

Adapted by Jess Slavin

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