It’s not easy to get over 300 high school students excited to stand up to sing and dance on a Wednesday morning, but that is exactly what happened when speaker Jessie Funk took the stage at the Siegfried Youth Leadership Program (SYLP) on February 27.

Students and chaperones from 12 Delaware schools came to Clayton Hall at the University of Delaware for the 6th iteration of this bi-annual event. It all started when the daughter of Robert Siegfried, Class of ‘81, encouraged him to share his passion for leadership with his community. UD’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics’ Dean, Bruce Weber, approached the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship (CEEE) and asked if they would use their established connection with the Delaware K-12 community to assist Siegfried. With the support of his company, The Siegfried Group, Rob Siegfried’s vision was to host middle and high school students for a regularly scheduled youth leadership forum. The CEEE agreed, and with the addition of the Junior Achievement of Delaware as a partner, the SYLP was created.

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