Community leaders who assisted as facilitators were City Councilman Jimmy Loya; Eric Opiela, President of the Karnes City ISD Education Foundation; Officer Scott Kotara from the Sheriff’s Department; Willene Taylor, Karnes City Chamber President; Robert Riojas, youth minister from The Word Fellowship and AGLA Representative; KCISD Superintendent Jeannett Winn; and Brenda Hansler former JBS Liaison.
Lunch was prepared by parents of the students, and as they ate the students heard from former Karnes County Legislator Jose Aliseda of Beeville.
The morning sessions were on leadership, communications and goal setting. After lunch, the students identified community needs and developed a plan of action to address these challenges. Each group made a presentation on what they saw as a need in the community and what their group wanted to do to fill the needs identified.
Special thanks and appreciation go to the parents that helped to provide the meal, as well as our two speakers Michael Lichtmacher and Jose Aliseda. In addition, Conoco Phillips, DCP, Alamo Lumber and Bill Mixon of Futurity First all assisted with supplies and support to make the day a success.
The John Ben Shepperd Student Leadership Forum is a program of the John Ben Shepperd Leadership Institute, a program of The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. The JBS Student Leadership Forum is a one-day program designed to: 1) engage students in activities and discussions on the various styles and characteristics of Leadership, 2) to engage in activities and discussions on the various methods of communications; 3) To teach students a method of planning a goal; and 4) to involve students in planning a realistic community service project.