From Losers to Leaders: Thinking Differently About At-Risk Students

Jason Education

“I guess I’m a loser,” 16-year old Michael told me when I asked why he was going to drop out, “and school is a waste of time.” Needless to say I was disturbed by his decision, but even more so by his self-assessment of being a loser. I shared with him my own experiences in high school and the fact that I too had failed, but then turned it around and became a leader. “I’m no leader,” he retorted and soon after dropped out. That got me thinking about the potential role of leadership development for at-risk youth. I concluded …