The High School Sustainability Leadership Cohort Program is an opportunity for students in our area made possible through a USDA-funded project called POSOH (the acronym for Place-based Opportunities for Sustainable Outcomes and High Hopes). POSOH is a 5-year project that involves a partnership among the College of Menominee Nation’s Sustainable Development Institute, UW-Madison, CESA 8, Michigan State University, the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and others. The POSOH project is bringing new resources and opportunities to our community. POSOH’s mission is to prepare all learners – especially youth who have been underserved – to pursue bioenergy- and sustainability-related studies and careers, while exploring the contributions of indigenous and scientific ways of knowing to our understanding of ecosystems and sustainability.
The Sustainability Leadership Cohort Program (SLC) is led by the College of Menominee Nation’s Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) in collaboration with its POSOH partners. This Program is designed to support young people in our area to build leadership skills, promote higher education, and ultimately, to foster the next generation of community leaders.
The goal of the SLC Program is to ignite interest and broaden understanding of sustainability through science-, technology-, engineering- and mathematics-related experiences. The Program is committed to respecting cultural values and encouraging holistic thinking. SLC will provide students the tools and skills to be innovative leaders and positive change agents for people and our planet. The SLC will provide a hands-on, non-lecture style environment that allows students to discover, question, explore, communicate, and Science/Math/Technology-related fields in an unconventional manner that promotes critical thinking and leadership skills.
The SLC Program serves as a stepping stone for students to discover Science/Math/Technology-related careers and interact with people and professionals of all ages who walk this path. SLC participation will empower students so they may one day serve as leaders and positively influence their classmates, schools, and communities.