FALLON, Nevada – June 28. 2017 – A non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating high school students in Churchill County through leadership, education, awareness, and development (LEAD) began February 1.
Garrett R. Kalt, who graduated in 2014 from Churchill County High School, launched the Nevada 501c(3) non-profit, also known as LEAD Green, with the help of community leaders.
“This organization will provide students with a unique opportunity to grow as leaders and personally as individuals,” Kalt said. “LEAD Green is one way for me pay it forward and give back to a community that shaped me into the person I am today.”
The mission of the organization is “to develop and cultivate high school students throughout Churchill County to become community leaders equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve their respective communities and have a successful future,” according to LEAD Green’s bylaws.
This newly established organization currently has three main functions: the annual leadership summit, scholarship opportunities and a mentorship program.
The first annual LEAD Green Leadership Summit will take place Aug. 4-5 at CCHS. The conference expects to have about 80 high school students. The attendees will take part in leadership workshops, student panels, future career advice, keynote speakers, group activities, networking and a service project among other activities.
As LEAD Green grows, the non-profit organization plans to provide two scholarships to graduating high school seniors who display exceptional leadership qualities. Additionally, this organization will form a mentorship program that pairs high school youth with leaders throughout the community with the goal of increasing job shadowing, career planning and overall development.
LEAD Green currently has six non-paid volunteers who serve in various leadership roles within the organization. Kalt, currently a student at Washington State University, serves as the president and CEO. Teresa Gehman, a former school counselor, serves as Vice President and a board member. Cheryl Venturacci, an academic adviser for Oasis Academy College Preparatory, serves as secretary and a board member. Other board members include Steve Johnson, a CCHS science teacher, and Kathleen Williams-Miller, a former Churchill County School District teacher of 27 years. Alan Kalt, the father of Garrett and Churchill County’s Chief Financial Officer, also serves as treasurer.
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Garrett R. Kalt