Students picked for Central Europe program

December 29, 2013 

Liz Tracy, left, adviser for the Youth Leadership Program with Central Europe, stands with participants, from left, Trecia Smith, Alexis McKenney, Hannah Cheney, Emily Hubert and Maddie Hren.

COURTESY OF TORY CHISHOLM

Five local students were selected to represent North Carolina in the Youth Leadership Program with Central Europe this year.

Hannah Cheney from Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, Alexis McKenney from Durham School of the Arts, Trecia Smith from Hillside High School in Durham and Emily Hubert and Maddie Hren from Raleigh Charter High School were among 46 youth leaders accepted for the program, which brings together young people and adults from the U.S., Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia to build leadership skills, cultural understanding and action-based solutions to community problems.

During the two-year project, the European students first visited the U.S., then the American students traveled to Serbia and Hungary to learn more about youth initiatives in Europe and participate in workshops to develop their own leadership skills.

The project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and implemented by Meridian International Center, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C.

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