Battlefield High School student creates leadership course for local teens
Posted on 10/29/2019
Battlefield High School senior Cameron McQuillan with NVLT Logo

Battlefield High School senior Cameron McQuillan has always sought out ways to improve his personal leadership skills; attending courses and seminars in other parts of the state. Noting that there was a lack of leadership course opportunities near-by, McQuillan set a personal goal to develop and implement his own course for others just like him who want to explore and grow as leaders.

This year that goal is being reached, but not without a few roadblocks. His initial proposals and partnership attempts were unsuccessful. With help from adult leaders in the community including Andrea Money, executive director of Leadership Prince William, and Eric Reeves, senior strategist with Leidos, McQuillan persevered to get his vision off the ground.

“A lot of changes had to be made including when this course will take place, who will be involved, and what will be taught,” shared McQuillan. “But being flexible is an important part of leadership. Now, we have a product that we are very excited to bring to the youth of Northern Virginia.”

That product? Northern Virginia Leaders for Tomorrow (NVLT).  Earlier this fall, Dr. Bruce McDade, superintendent of Manassas Park Schools, Dr. Kevin Newman, superintendent of Manassas City Schools, and Dr. Steve Walts, superintendent of Prince William County Schools offered their support of NVLT with a joint signed letter.

“It is our hope that this inaugural year will lead to an enriching and lasting program for the teenagers of Northern Virginia beginning with our great community,” wrote the three superintendents.

NVLT’s mission is to motivate and empower the youth of Prince William County, Manassas City, and Manassas Park students to make a positive difference within our global society through understanding, action, and service; based on effective and compassionate leadership. The leadership course will be open to current sophomores and will be held for the first time during the summer of 2020. Each meeting will cover leadership topics ranging from creativity to decision-making to sparking change.

“We believe that our strong curriculum mixed with field trips across Northern Virginia will create masterful leaders by the end of the course,” shared McQuillan.

Look for more information on applying to NVLT’s summer course in early 2020.

Congratulations to Battlefield's Cameron McQuillan. His efforts to build tomorrow’s leaders are #PositivelyPWCS

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