On Friday, Nov. 15, the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School Student Government Organization (SGO) will host a Suburban Council Leadership Day from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the General Electric Energy Learning Facility, Building 600 at 2690 Balltown Road, Niskayuna, NY 12309.
This annual event provides an opportunity for more than 100 students from twelve Suburban Council Student Government Organizations to interact, work on projects together and build relationships.
As the host district this year, BH-BL SGO was able to select the day’s theme: Service to Your Community.
The student leaders from the various school districts will participate in various breakout sessions and listen to guest speakers.
The first breakout session is devoted to volunteerism. Leaders from area organizations will have tables set up with information about their organization and cause. This year, students will meet and talk with from people at Blue Star Mothers, City Mission, Double H Ranch, Red Cross, the Regional Food Bank, Ronald McDonald House, Special Olympics and the YMCA.
The second breakout session, which will be run by members of the BH-BL SGO, students will learn about school discussion and idea sharing, and will discuss how their organization gives back to its community through volunteering and fundraising.
The final breakout session will be devoted to best practices where a guest speaker from Shellstrong Foundation will explain how it transformed from a community event in to a regional foundation.
The day will conclude when students meet with guest speaker and author Ryan Smithson who served in the Army Corps of Engineers in Iraq from 2004-05. Upon returning home, Smithson began writing about his experiences for a college English class. His writing eventually culminated in to his memoir, “Ghosts of War: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old G.I.,” and was published by HarperCollins in 2009. Smithson and his wife live in Rotterdam, NY with their two children.
For more information, please contact student advisor Renee
Tolan at email@example.com.