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Leadership Wilkes-Barre Awarded Grant to Support High School Student Program

WILKES-BARRE, Pa., Jan. 15, 2012 — Leadership Wilkes-Barre today announced a $6,000 grant award from The Sallie Mae Fund, a charitable organization sponsored by Sallie Mae. The grant will support the organization's Junior Leadership program for high school students.

"Sallie Mae's generous support will enable Junior Leadership to provide quality programs that will build leadership skills and self-esteem in high school students," said Lori Nocito, executive director, Leadership Wilkes-Barre.

Junior Leadership Wilkes-Barre is a nine-month program that offers high school juniors the opportunity to work with adult leaders in their communities through monthly seminars. The programs focus on leadership skills, environmental issues, citizenship/government, media/communications, community issues, community service and diversity.

Leadership Wilkes-Barre promotes community leadership skills in area professionals. Participants in the Junior Leadership and Core programs meet monthly to discuss such topics as learning styles, the importance of consensus and collaboration, effective teambuilding and cultural awareness. Participants also organize community impact projects that serve to enhance the region through beautification, organizational awareness, and appreciation of the arts and culture.

Boasting an alumni base of more than 2,000 servant leaders, Leadership Wilkes-Barre was founded in 1981 as a community leadership development organization. A nonprofit organization, Leadership Wilkes-Barre's five programs are dedicated to developing informed and committed leaders from all segments of the community who will serve, strengthen and improve Northeastern Pennsylvania. For more information, visit


The Sallie Mae Fund, a charitable organization sponsored by Sallie Mae, achieves its mission — to increase college access for America's students — by supporting programs and initiatives that help open doors to higher education. The Fund also supports employee volunteerism and community service in the communities where Sallie Mae employees live and work. For more information, visit

Contact: Leadership Wilkes Barre: Lisa Borchert, 570-823-2101 x137,
Sallie Mae: Nikki Lavoie, 302-283-4057,

Photo: The executive director of Leadership Wilkes-Barre accepts a $6,000 check from representatives of The Sallie Mae Fund. (From left to right: Lisa Stashik, Vice President, Sallie Mae; Lori Nocito, Executive Director, Leadership Wilkes-Barre; and, Tracy Stine, Director, Sallie Mae.)