Posted: May 29, 2012 11:47 AM
Updated: Jun 14, 2012 12:13 PM
Several hundred GEAR UP students just wrapped up a two day student leadership council conference at Region One in Edinburg. From the outside the building looked nice and quite, but once you walked in, you may have needed some ear plugs.
It's actually several hundred brand new GEAR UP students working towards a new goal.
Each middle schooler was hand picked by their GEAR UP facilitators to head up their student leadership councils.
"We want them to realize that learning can be fun..creativity is there..we just need believe in ourselves...and to look...college is so far away, but it doesn't mean we can't get prepared now," says Justin Boudreau.
Boudreau says some of these games are called icebreakers. It's teaches kids to not only learn, but to trust and realize that people are not going to make fun of them while trying out new and innovate things in life.
"The last activity we just did is really making them think outside the box even though there's only three rules, you can really go around it to get to where you want to go. Because often times It's possible you just have to find a way to get there."
Boaudreau adds these kids come from all walks of life, each of them chosen for a good reason.
"And so that is what is so dynamic about this, we've got a little bit of everything. We have students that are here that feel like they're leaders, but we also have students who are not sure, but their teachers see something in them for them to be here."