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With the recent rise in student activism and youth leadership, it seems that much of the media coverage has captured the very essence of young people putting each and every one of The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership® into action. From marches to speeches that Challenged the Process and Modeled the Way, they articulated a common purpose to Inspire a Shared Vision and fostered collaborations—particularly reaching out to communities of color—that Enabled Others to Act in concert toward a future goal. And of course, these students have Encouraged the Hearts of millions across the country and around the globe.

Even before the current wave of stories of student leaders taking action on issues they are passionate about, tens of thousands of other young people have been working diligently within their own communities to make change happen, to take a leadership role in solving big social issues like poverty and teen homelessness. And to take action on a smaller scale, too, like bullying, loneliness, feelings of isolation, and depression. One such organization that Certified Master Steve Coats has been following for some time now is called No One Eats Alone--a simple concept created by the nonprofit Beyond Differences.

One high school in Boca Raton, Florida has gained special notoriety for its own #WeDineTogether program, started by a popular young student who himself was a “new kid” from Haiti in first grade. Read his profile here. And for more inspiration, check out this CBS Evening News piece highlighting the impact this student club has had on both those who give and those who receive the kindness and acknowledgement from their fellow students that demonstrate that they’re not alone—that they matter.

And, finally, with the recent release of the new, third edition of The Student Leadership Challenge, it seems that there has never been a better time to take a broader look at how we, in The Leadership Challenge Community, might expand our focus to support the many young people eager to learn and aspiring to grow in their capacity to lead. If you haven’t already, take a close look at what this new edition of this classic guide to student leadership has to offer as we come together to fully develop and engage the next generation of exemplary leaders for our businesses, our communities, and our world. Download an excerpt from the third edition here.

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