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With the hope of developing the next generation of the territory’s leaders, the V.I. Scholars Program will hold its second annual Summer Leadership Institute, at Gift Hill School based on St. John.
Lincoln Liburd, V.I. Scholars director and founder, said participants in the leadership institute are “exposed to like-minded individuals who want to make the Virgin Islands a better place.”

Liburd, a St. John resident who now attends California’s Stanford University, founded the program in 2010. The organization held its first leadership camp in 2011.

He added that applicants must have attended school in the Virgin Islands since 2006, must plan to attend or already attend high school in the Virgin Islands, and must have a B average or higher since the beginning of the seventh grade.

Last summer, seven students participated and took six classes including leadership, public speaking, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Mary Buendia, a student in last year’s program, said she enjoyed the open environment. “It was not competitive and that made me happy,” she said. “I got to interact with teachers during class and felt respected when voicing my opinions.”

Participants will also have the opportunity to meet with territory leaders, including senators and corporate executives. They also and spent time listening to experts make presentation on issues facing Virgin Islands youth.

Source:http://stcroixsource.com