Congratulations to Malone Hanis, a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, who was selected as for the Cultural Leadership Class 12! Cultural Leadership is a unique year-long educational leadership program including classes, cultural activities, travel/study, public speaking,and conducting diversity workshops. The goal is to teach teens about social injustice, racism and discrimination and inspire them to work toward change, promote mutual respect and dispel stereotypes.
The 2016 Cultural Leadership Class 12 is comprised of 24 students representing 14 high schools from throughout the St. Louis region both public and private, and is racially and culturally diverse with students from 13 different houses of worship, and the voices of 13 black students, 8 Jewish students, and 3 allies. The program began in 2004 originally for African American and Jewish students and has since expanded to accept students of all ethnicities.
In St. Louis, like so many other communities in our country, we have not overcome the separation that leads to so many social injustices, Holly Ingraham, executive director of Cultural Leadership, said.”Cultural Leadership is about bringing together youth from different backgrounds and training them to break down the things in St. Louis that separate us.”
In October and November, Malone will participate in Cultural Leadership’s School Swap, which gives each student a chance to visit a school that is different from the school they attend. Students are asked to meet with their school leaders – principal, superintendent, and the chair of the school board — to discuss what they learned and ways to improve their own school. Then in January, Malone will be trained to facilitate discussions on tough social issues. After this training, she will be able to facilitate discussions in the community.
Cultural Leadership has received six community awards, most recently the 2015 Doing the Most Good Award from the Salvation Army.