Aspirations to Leadership
Encouraging Tomorrow's Leaders
The majority of NEW Leadership™ alumni are still relatively young (88% of the respondents are under the age of 35), so it may be a while before we see the full effect of the program reflected in our elected political leaders.
Still, many NEW Leadership™ alumni report that participating in the program encouraged them to get more involved in politics (62%), advocate for a political issue (72%) and volunteer for a political campaign (60%), and over half say they have been encouraged to pursue a career in politics and government (58%). These are all important indicators of the immediate positive impact of the program.
2009 Survey Results*:
“I am very interested in looking at lobbying. I will be looking into internships to receive more insight on whether it is a real interest of mine. If not, I now realize politics are everywhere so I can apply everything I learned."
"I learned that it is possible to make real change within our government and our world. I used to think it was too big but now I know it just takes a step up."
"I learned that the biggest obsticle in achieving my goals will be myself. I must learn to be confident and to use my position in society to step up and change what I don't agree with."
" I think we are all much more powerful that we give ourselves credit for. We have to change that negative type of mentality for ourselves and others."