Tuesday, February 20, 2018
News Roundup

The serious work of art

High school students learned about welding, metalworking, pottery making, painting, blacksmithing and stained glass building during a visit to the Institute for Creative Arts in Dunedin as part of a retreat, put on by Youth Leadership Pinellas. The program teaches students about leadership skills, community resources and seeks to expose them to places they normally would not have access to. During the retreats, the students have opportunities to learn practical knowledge and to to ask questions and having dialogues with business and community leaders. Other retreats include visits to the United States Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, the Capitol Theatre, a local television station, the St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, a hospital neonatal unit, SunStar EMS, Valpak and AC Nielsen. There is an application and interview process in April of each year and the program is open to students in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade who either live in Pinellas County or go to school in the county.

 
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