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Chamber Kicks Off Jr. Leadership Program

Select Beaumont United, Early College and West Brook High School juniors participated in the first class of Jr. Leadership with the Beaumont Chamber Foundation on October 21, 2021, in the BISD Boardroom.

Juniors were selected from their high school through an application process. Modeled after the Chamber’s Leadership Beaumont program, which is celebrating 50 years in 2021, students will have the opportunity to participate in six all-day sessions throughout the school year that involve speakers, field trips and events. 

During the orientation, students received an overview of the program, created leadership names, participated in team building activities and heard from Beaumont ISD Superintendent Dr. Shannon Allen. 

They also took the “True Colors” test and were put in groups according to their color. Using spaghetti and marshmallows, they were instructed to build towers. “Participants learned that it’s good to have different leadership styles in a group,” said Krista Hunter, Beaumont Chamber Foundation Executive Director. “It’s better not to all be the same color.”

Upcoming events include days focused on public safety/criminal justice, arts/community, local government, economic development and healthcare.

“I thought that it was a great opportunity to connect with friends old and new,” said West Brook junior Taylon LeBlanc. “The activities were really fun and I enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to the next session.”

Members of the steering committee had just as much fun at the event. “It was a great day in Beaumont with the inaugural session of Jr. Leadership,” said Alexandrew Seale, Chick-fil-A manager. “Giving back to the youth in our area is important to me and I’m glad to play an active role in enriching the lives of the kids that live in our city.”

This program, sponsored this year by district partner Neches Federal Credit Union, is put on by the Beaumont Chamber Foundation, whose purpose is to help guide the youth in our area and help develop and sharpen their leadership skills, ultimately producing leaders who will be pillars for our growing community.