CHESTERTOWN — Maryland Leadership Workshops, a division of Leadership Maryland, has announced that registration for its summer 2020 programs is now open for middle and high school students.

The organization also announced in a news release that it will be returning to its former long-time home at Washington College this year.

Commemorating its 65th year in 2020, Maryland Leadership Workshops offers five peer-led, week-long residential programs that empower and inspire middle and high school students to succeed and be more engaged in their schools and communities.

The Middle School Experience in Leadership runs July 19 to 25. It is for students entering grades six through eight this fall. Through the program students will begin to develop their individual leadership skills and learn how to identify and take advantage of opportunities for leadership in their schools and communities.

For experienced student leaders entering grades seven, eight or nine in the fall and who are ready for more intensive training and practice prior to entering Senior High Workshops there is the Bridge program from July 19 to 25.

A Senior High Workshop runs July 26 to Aug. 1 for students entering grades nine through 12 in the fall. It promises to be a fun, challenging, inspiring and fulfilling week-long experience for teens that helps them develop leadership skills needed to succeed in diverse environments.

The Advanced Leadership Seminar — July 12 to 18 — is for high school students who have attended the Senior High Workshop or have completed an equivalent program or leadership experience. This program challenges students to re-examine themselves as individuals and leaders through innovative workshops crafted according to their unique needs, individual goal setting and a culminating project focused on real-world application of leadership skills.

For Howard County girls entering seventh, eighth or ninth grade in the fall there is the Journey. Support for this program has been provided by the Women's Giving Circle, a fund of the Community Foundation of Howard County. At this unique program, each student identifies her own leadership skills, strengths and weaknesses in a supportive and fun environment, which fosters increased self-esteem and confidence.

Each program offers a supportive and fun environment to foster increased independence, self-esteem and confidence for a diverse composition of students from around Maryland and the country, the release states.

Program participants, known as "delegates," develop concepts and skills during workshops, group projects, committee responsibilities and small group discussion sessions. Other activities include games, variety shows, dances and opportunities for delegates to lead activities for their peers.

Registration for the programs is available online at www.MLW.org. Registration closes on May 15. A deposit of $25 is due upon registration and monthly tuition payments will be accepted through June. Scholarships are available.

For more information, contact Anita Durall Anderson at 301-444-8623 or anita@leadershipmd.org.

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