Photo courtesy of the city of Dearborn
Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. congratulates Hope Kaleto on her participation in the Junior National Young Leaders Conference.
DEARBORN – Dearborn student Hope Kaleto recently attended the Congressional Youth Leadership Council’s summer 2009 Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C.
Kaleto, who turned 11 Friday and is going into sixth grade at O.L. Smith Middle School, represented Snow Elementary at the event, which took place in the nation’s capital Aug. 10 to 15.
The Congressional Youth Leadership Council offers educational leadership conferences for young people from across the country and around the world. The Junior National Young Leaders Conference helps young people develop and sharpen leadership skills, empowering them to make a positive social impact.
During the experience, Kaleto visited such prominent sites as the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial and the Korean War Memorial.
Her favorite field trip was to Harper’s Ferry, Va., where students were led through a re-creation of John Brown’s historic 1859 raid there.
The most important things she learned were about the traits of leadership – “things like goal-setting, respect, problem solving, communication, teamwork and character,” she explained.
Kaleto recently was chosen to travel to Boston, Mass., next year to participate in the 2010 Junior National Young Leaders alumni conference.
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