On Monday July 16th, fourteen students, all from different from Central Pennsylvania high schools and different backgrounds walked into Temple Harrisburg for a week of self-discovery. Not knowing what to expect, they embarked on a program filled week that would create bonds, provide self-reflection and overall, make them better leaders.
Typically influenced by their parents, these students submerged themselves into the various activities each day without angst. Parents and peers couldn’t help but to comment on the change they’d seen in their student as the days went by. By day two, they were eager to learn, participate, and make the most of their week: the 14 rising juniors and seniors left with lasting friendships and many stories to tell.
Danielle Martin, Academic Success Coordinator for Temple Harrisburg, is not new to bringing out the best in her students. A veteran at the student success stories, she knew ways to get students out of their shells and get them involved. Ritamarie Trippett, Senior Student Services Coordinator, filled the week with activities and exercises exposing students to a world of communication, expression and leadership.
Though Temple Harrisburg has a small team dedicated to the success of its students, they made a big impact with the outside contributors who offered a different perspective to the program. From college students to working professionals, each aspect of the In just a few months they planned a week that seemingly changed students lives who said they were “surprised by how much fun (they) actually had” and that they “enjoyed having college students tell their experiences”.
Temple Harrisburg plans to integrate high school students into developmental programming annually due to the success of this year.