High school students who are leaders in their communities recently graduated from the Solomon Leadership Program, earning University credit.
Twenty-two of the 29 teenagers who graduated from the program April 9 completed collegiate-level coursework to earn a credit from the values-based leadership program, said Catherine T. MacArthur School of Leadership Dean Dr. Craig Domeck. This is the first year the program offered PBA credit.
The Solomon Leadership Program is a partnership of The Sosnow Foundation and the Palm Beach Synagogue. It is named after the biblical King Solomon, famous for his wisdom. The program is informed by moral values and the significant leadership experiences of mentors, among them former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Stuart Bernstein, 15th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Lisa Small, military leaders, business executives, doctors and investors.
In fall 2017, the program’s co-chair Lawrence Sosnow enlisted Dr. Art Johnson, professor of leadership and organizational development, to evaluate the curriculum. The lessons are now focused around eight pillars of leadership — character, vision, communication, tolerance, persistence, empowerment, strategy and judgment.
Twice a month from November to March, students met with their mentors and discussed the pillars of leadership. Guest speakers included Nancy Brinker, founder and chair of global strategy of the Susan G. Komen Foundation; Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg and Wenfred Dorsey ’06, reentry program supervisor for The Lord’s Place.
Students seeking college credit completed Johnson’s “Foundational Values in Leadership” course by watching videos, taking quizzes and writing a final paper, Domeck said. The competitive program is open to high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.
“They have to be proven leaders,” Domeck said. “They have to be leading already as well as being a good student.”
Photo: Dr. Art Johnson, professor of leadership and organizational development, shakes hands with a young man who graduated from the Solomon Leadership Program as Dr. Craig Domeck, dean of PBA's Catherine T. MacArthur School of Leadership, looks on during a ceremony April 9, 2019 at the Palm Beach Synagogue. Twenty-two students earned a University credit through the program.