Working Towards a Better Tomorrow
The Nebraska Leadership Seminar, Inc. (NLS) was founded in 1978 and incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 1983. From its inception the goal of NLS has been to provide future Nebraska leaders with an opportunity to identify and develop their leadership skills by participating in a four-day residential conference environment.
NLS is intended for Nebraska high school students between their sophomore and junior year. All Nebraska high schools have the opportunity to nominate two (2) students, referred to as delegates, to participate in this unique experience. Students receiving this honor are exposed to interactive team building activities, keynote speakers from around the country, current events discussions, and a community service project aiding them in the discovery, development, and application of their leadership skills. Delegates are encouraged and supported as they voice their personal perspectives while learning to appreciate and respect opinions that differ from their own. Peer interaction is built into the program to promote bonds and friendships with other student leaders from across the state. Further adding to the experience, in 2001 NLS partnered with the Gallup Organization offering the delegates the opportunity to participate in the Clifton’s StrengthsFinder Assessment.
NLS, from the Corporate Board, Planning Committee, Alumni Association, and Seminar staff, is composed almost entirely of Nebraska volunteers. The dedication and passion demonstrated by these individuals to provide future Nebraska leaders with this experience has made a difference in the lives of over 6,000 students from over 300 school districts across the state. NLS is a program that is recognized by higher education institutions and has been instrumental in securing scholarships for a number of students who have been privileged to attend.