Congratulations to our Juniors represented to this year’s Tomorrow’s Leaders program spearheaded by the Futures Foundation. This year’s representatives from DeLand High are Dylan Addonizio, Lorien Collins, Danielle Dichoso, & Lillian Gunby.

The Tomorrow’s Leaders program is a leadership training program designed for Juniors in Volusia County Schools. Through a series of structured activities and events, Tomorrow’s Leaders get to meet and interact with community leaders who share their thoughts, concerns, and hopes about current issues, community resources and various factors impacting the future of Volusia County. The program is designed to help prepare students for constructive leadership, responsible citizenship and active participation in the affairs of Volusia County and beyond.

The six-month program begins in October with an orientation session for students and parents. Each month thereafter, students attend a seminar or workshop focusing on a specific topic, such as Criminal Justice, Social Services, Healthcare, Manufacturing, the Arts, Government, and Education.  During each seminar, students interact with community leaders who share insights on goal setting, effective communication, time management, motivation, human behavior and other aspects of effective leadership.

Throughout the Tomorrow's Leaders program, students are challenged in their understanding and awareness of the complexities of relationships, teamwork and problem solving. Skills, perspectives, and relationships gained during the program will help students set and achieve personal and professional goals, and better prepare them to assume leadership positions.

Students from all ten high schools are selected to participate in the FUTURES Foundation leadership training programs. Through the seminars, participants are challenged to expand their awareness of the interrelationships and complexities of our community.

Photo (L to R): D. Dichoso, L. Gunby, L. Collins, & D. Addonizio.