Sauk Rapids-Rice High School Principal Karl Nohner has been chosen to represent the public education sector within the first Minnesota Young American Leaders Program (mYALP) at a three-day workshop November 20–22, 2019, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn.
The Minnesota Young American Leaders Program (mYALP) will bring together a cohort of ten St. Cloud regional leaders representing business, nonprofits, education and government. The Minnesota program is adapted from the Harvard-based Young American Leaders Program (YALP) and focuses on the Harvard Business School’s research on American cross-sector collaborations. The workshop is hosted by the University of Minnesota and the Itasca Project, an alliance focused on building thriving economies and improved quality of life in the United States. mYALP will include cohorts from St. Cloud, the Twin Cities and Rochester. There will be 40 individual members in mYALP from the three combined regions.
The St. Cloud cohort was selected by the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation (GSCD) and will learn about economic opportunities and prosperity in Minnesota at the state and local levels. Members of the St. Cloud cohort include Ryan Cross from BCI Construction, Leslie Dingmann from GSCD, Dan Edelbrock from U.S. Bank, Hudda Ibrahim from Filsan Talent Partners, Karl Nohner from Sauk Rapids-Rice Public Schools, Marie Pflipsen from the City of Becker, Clare Richards from Leighton Interactive and Rotoract, Amanda Romaine from GeoComm, Lacey Schirmers from GREAT Theatre and Jonathon Wong from the State of Minnesota and Jugaad Leadership.
mYALP’s November workshop will spotlight American competitiveness, shared prosperity and cross-sector collaboration. This group will develop and launch GSDC’s Young Leaders Initiative which will capitalize on the cohort’s findings to stimulate prosperity in the St. Cloud region. The group also seeks to build capacity for initiatives that are already in place in central Minnesota.
During the mYALP workshop, Nohner, the only public education representative from the St. Cloud area, seeks to find out how to prepare students for careers and life in the twenty-first century. He asks, “How do we match our educational settings with the needs of the St. Cloud area? As educators and community members, we have to be able to see into the future as much as we can, and I am excited because the Young American Leaders Program helps the St. Cloud cohort attempt to do that. We are able to ask, ‘How do we, as a community, prepare area students for multiple career changes they are likely to see in their lifetimes?’”
Nohner says he is excited to learn from his cohort and others in the state about what is successful in our communities and then work to embed those successes into local systems, programs and processes.