At 1:30 p.m. Developing Youth Leadership
Steve Wagoner, University of Illinois Extension,
Waldo Born, Eastern Illinois University and
Mattoon High School Student Panel Members

This session outlines the principles of positive youth development and demonstrates the implementation of these principles in a high school elective course program. The student-driven elective course program (1) promotes patriotism, (2) develops informed and responsible citizens, (3) promotes habits of orderliness and precision, (4) develops a high degree of personal honor, self-reliance and individual discipline, (5) develops leadership potential, (6) provides incentives to live healthy and drug free, (7) promotes high school completion, (8) promotes an understanding of basic elements and requirements of national security, (9) develops respect for and an understanding of the need for constituted authority, and (10) provides information regarding possible careers.

About our presenters . . . . Steve Wagoner is a youth development educator with University of Illinois Extension in the Edwardsville Extension Center, serving a nine-county area along the Mississippi River and specializing in youth leadership programs. Steve holds a master’s degree in Extension Education from the University of Illinois, and his bachelor’s degree is from Southern Illinois University—Carbondale.

Waldo Born flew aircraft off carriers in the Navy and spent 30 years in Naval Aviation; then was a Finance Faculty member at Eastern Illinois University for 16 years; now Waldo supports Economic Development analysis in the School of Business (EIU) and is a SCORE Counselor with the East Central Illinois SCORE Branch.


Laboratory for Community and Economic Development | College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois Extension | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign