McMaster Students Union Ready to Welcome 2013 CLAY Delegates

May 14, 2013 at 09:29 am

CLAY 2013 is set to welcome 150 delegates from areas around Ontario and beyond, to a 3-day, 2-night leadership conference unlike any other. CLAY will begin this Friday and delegates will remain on campus for most of the Victoria Day long weekend. Creating Leadership Amongst Youth (CLAY) is a leadership conference created by the MSU for high school students to challenge themselves, develop and share leadership skills, empower others within their communities and gain exposure to the post-secondary educational environment.

Delegates embark on an experience that provides the opportunity to share and expand their knowledge in an open, innovative and interactive session-based environment with other students. Session-based activities are facilitated by student leaders to create a safe environment that is conducive to self-development. The CLAY conference allows for the exploration of topics such as trust and risk, leadership and communication, and self-awareness.

This year, under the direction of Coordinator Deidre-Ann Gardener, CLAY was very successful in attracting Hamilton students. CLAY has forged a wonderful partnership with Kate Elliott and the HWDSB Leadership & Learning West Cluster. The initiative has secured subsidize delegate fees for 40 Hamilton students, from diverse backgrounds to attend the CLAY conference this year.

Moreover, St. Augustine Catholic Secondary School in Brampton continues to support the program through its use as a leadership camp. CLAY would also like to thank Bishop Reding Secondary School for their support, as well as Bayview Secondary School and Rick Hansen Secondary School for providing opportunities for students within their own communities.

Lastly, CLAY would not be possible without its dedicated volunteer base, as well as the various campus partners who help support CLAY’s initiative of reaching out to the youth of the Hamilton and surrounding communities.

For more information, please contact:

Deidre-Ann Gardener
CLAY Coordinator

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