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SPONSORED CASE STUDY

Nurturing a New
Generation of Leaders
The Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program provides Raytown High School
students with tools and skills necessary to help those in need

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n 2015, Raytown High School in Missouri created a muchneeded class for its student leadership organization, Jay
Crew, but the course still required a concrete curriculum.
So the school adopted the Lead2Feed initiative, a free
program of leadership lessons that students explore through
activism in local or global communities in need.
For their first project, Jay Crew students led a food drive at
a local grocery store for the Raytown Emergency Assistance
Program, a local nonprofit. They raised $1,000 and collected
5,000 nonperishable food items. This small yet important
deed has since expanded into a districtwide annual event
that the mayor has officially designated as "Lead2Feed Day."
In 2017-18, Raytown High students collected over 20,000
nonperishable items and $5,000 in cash donations.
"The program really exploded," says Chad Bruton, principal
of Raytown High, which serves 1,460 students. "I'm amazed
at the creative things different groups of students come up
with. It's fascinating how they take these lessons and make
them their own."
Adaptable yet structured
In the Jay Crew course, the flexibility of the Lead2Feed
lessons allows the class instructor to choose when to teach
certain concepts while still providing structure such as
deadlines for entry submissions. "That's the beauty of this
program," says Bruton. "It helps propel instruction, but is
flexible enough to be integrated in any way."
The lessons themselves address learning objectives, such
as how to lead and speak, says Bruton. There is also clear
application of key 21st century skills that help students
create and plan their own project. In one exercise, learners
have to come up with a way to convince an audience to
support their cause in three minutes. "In the end, it's all up
to the students to exercise voice and choice," says Bruton. "I
think that the kids really got behind that concept and were
highly engaged."
Educators across the district got behind it as well-many
have even implemented the lessons into their own classes.
"Anything that pumps resources into our community is hard
to say no to," says Bruton.

leaders also speak at various community organizations-
including Rotary, Kiwanis International and the Board of
Education-about why they should donate to their program
on Lead2Feed Day.
"I have even had the mayor stop by to tell me how great
our kids did when presenting to the city council," says Bruton.
For these presentations, Raytown High administrators
allow students to check in and out during the day.
Competition spurs more results
Participating classes also compete in the Lead2Feed
Challenge for prizes funded by the Lift a Life Foundation
and awarded by the Foundation for Impact on Literacy
and Learning. This, Bruton adds, gives students more of an
incentive to try to get an edge over their classmates.
This year, five grand prize winners across the U.S. each
received $10,000 to give to their charity of choice and $2,000
in tech products for their school. There are 50 winners each
year that receive charity grants of various amounts.
"Students have definitely learned leadership skills and the
importance of giving back to the community," says Bruton.
"These are kids who will be doing this for the rest of their
lives, and Lead2Feed definitely gave them a leg up to do this
going forward."

Students take the lead
Outside the classroom, Jay Crew council members organize
and plan Raytown High's project after school. Student
The Lead2Feed Student Leadership Program is open to grades 6 through 12.
The program is privately funded and free to educators. For more information, visit Lead2Feed.org/join
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