UD to Host Dubuque Area Youth Leadership Council’s Character Development Day

Mar 23, 2015 | Kristi Lynch

On Wednesday, April 8, the University of Dubuque’s Wendt Center for Character Education will host the Dubuque Area Youth Leadership Council’s (DAYLC) Character Development Day from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  One hundred high school juniors from schools throughout the Dubuque area will attend the event, where they will learn about leadership, values, character development, and making ethical decisions.   

DAYLC’s vision is “to make tomorrow’s world better by developing leaders today.”  DAYLC staff members administer an application process to select the top 100 high school juniors from the Dubuque area.  Those 100 students then attend the University of Dubuque’s DAYLC Character Development Day in the spring of their junior year. 

Throughout the day, DAYLC students will be mentored and evaluated on leadership, character, and participation, by staff and student Character Scholars from the Wendt Center for Character Education.  After all evaluations are submitted to DAYLC staff, the top student leaders for the year will be identified.  Dr. Annalee Ward, director of the Wendt Character Initiative, will then work with the DAYLC Board to interview the DAYLC students and identify and rank the top 5, who will receive scholarships at an award ceremony in the fall of their senior year.

The Wendt Character Initiative was established in 2004 at the University of Dubuque by the endowed Lester G. and Michael Lester Wendt Character Initiative Fund.  The Initiative operates under the care of the Wendt Center for Character Education.  This Initiative promotes a campus culture that nurtures the formation of excellent moral character, and encourages all members of the community to live lives of purpose. The work of the Wendt Character Initiative is centered in the University’s Mission and Values, a commitment to its Reformed Christian identity, and a sense of creative vocation in faithful response to the Creator.  This Initiative is part of the total educational experience of all University of Dubuque students through curricular and co-curricular programs.  Faculty and staff also participate in the Initiative.

More information about the Wendt Character Initiative and the Wendt Center for Character Education is available at wendt.dbq.edu.  More information on DAYLC can be found at www.daylc.org.