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Clackamas High School juniors are teaching young students at local elementary and middle schools

Clackamas High School juniors Kylie Schmidt and Kellan Akers teach a leadership workshop at Scouters Mountain Elementary School in Happy Valley.

Two Clackamas High School juniors are teaching young students leadership skills through workshops at local elementary and middle schools around North Clackamas.

Kylie Schmidt and Kellan Akers decided to create interactive workshops for young students to teach them universal business skills through a DECA-based curriculum. DECA is an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs to be college and career ready, and students compete in state and national competition with their projects.

"We're hoping to reach as many students, teachers and parents as possible in order to give this valuable, educational and entertaining curriculum to a wide range of young students," Akers said. "We're aiming to reach these young students before they feel pressured to master skills for a job, internship, school or teams. This will help improve their future careers.

"The main benefit of this project is to get students of all ages engaged because of how we present our activities, as we know from a student standpoint how boring it can become when you only receive lectures in school."

Schmidt, a member of the officer board at Sabin-Schellenberg DECA, says public schools aren't required to teach real-life skills.

"Yet, the things we learn are given to us in a bland, repetitive and dry format that most students zone out from," Schmidt said. "Through our project we plan to tackle both these problems in our school district, starting with young students."


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