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The class of 2012-13 officially became members of Texas Leadership Forum on Sunday, August 19.  We are excited to welcome 16 new students from nine area high schools.  The students are Selina Rodriguez and Jorge Espinoza, Adamson HS; Ibrahim Mpiana, Conrad HS; Alberto Romero and Wendy Parra, Irving HS; Sharon Sequera and Nicole Alozie, Lake Highlands HS; Bethany Hicks and Cody Copeland Nimitz HS; Vanessa Serrano and Chandon Adger, W. T. White HS; Connor Basile, Woodrow Wilson HS; Vanity Sanchez and Eduardo Moreno, Molina HS; and Nickthe Esquivel and Rebeca Lucero, Sunset HS.
We were fortunate to have advisory board members Danny Smith, Bill Slicker, Edwin Flores and Michael Williams in attendance.  Matt Garcia from Cong. Sessions’ office attended as well.  Williams addressed the students and encouraged them to take advantage of the opportunities offered to them as TLF members and to realize their responsibilities as young leaders.  A special note of thanks to school faculty members who attended this meeting to support our program and their students – Allana Patterson, counselor, Irving HS; Susan Odeski, counselor, Woodrow Wilson HS; Connie Lefler, Associate Principal, Molina HS; Glenda Simmons, counselor and Lora Watson, Associate Principal at Sunset HS.

Texas Leadership Forum Reunion Reception

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Texas Leadership Forum held a very successful Reunion Reception on July 24. It was great to see students from our first 2007 class sharing their ideas with the students in our incoming class of 2012.
We were fortunate to have board members Florencia Fortner and Bill Slicker in attendance as well as DISD Board of Trustee Mike Morath.  Florencia talked to the students about the importance of staying connected with each other and TLF and the role networking now plays in our lives.
Gary Griffith stressed the importance that once a TLF member always a TLF member and the expectation that these young adults would continue to be active and involved in their communities and TLF. 

Florencia Fortner, President of Dallas Concilio, Gary Griffith, President of the Today Foundation, and Mike Morath, DISD Trustee welcome new and returning TLF students

Dick Collins, Chairman of the Today Foundation, visits with incoming TLF students

The kick off with Congressman Sessions for the class of 2012-13 will be held on August 19 from 3-5:00 pm.  Mattito’s has graciously offered to again host this event at their restaurant located at 3011 Routh Street, Dallas. We are looking forward to meeting all of these students and their parents. If you are interested in attending, please contact Debbie Horres at   

Pete Sessions Congratulates Texas Leadership Forum Participants

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Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-Dallas) joined Today Foundation President Gary Griffith in congratulating North Texas students who participated in the Today Foundation’s Texas Leadership Forum (TLF) this year, which included a conference in Washington, DC from June 17 – June 23, 2012.

TLF’s one-week conference in the nation’s capital provided participants with a unique, inside view of federal government operations. This year’s participants included 17 select students chosen based upon academic performance, community involvement and leadership ability. Application requirements for TLF participants include a résumé, two one-page essays and a letter of recommendation by a teacher, principal, counselor or community leader. In addition to the Washington, DC conference, TLF students attend local forum meetings, visit with state officials in Austin, and complete projects and writing assignments.

“The Texas Leadership Forum is an exceptional program that gives talented students the opportunity to consider, challenge and thoughtfully articulate the current policy debates facing our nation,” said Sessions, who is the honorary chair of TLF. “All TLF participants have proven their commitment to learning and contributing to their communities, and I believe their visit to Washington will help further develop their leadership skills for service in the future.”

The TLF conference events included educational tours and meetings at the Capitol, Pentagon, U.S. State Department, Interpol, Arlington National Cemetery, the Newseum, and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO). During the week, students observed House committee hearings and attended a private speaking forum featuring several Washington leaders, including Congressman Kevin Brady (TX-08), Congressman Greg Walden (OR-02) and Colonel Jason Bohm of the United States Marines.

Texas Leadership Forum Students: Erik Moran and Crystal Calixto of Adamson High School; Christine Lado of Conrad High School; Saul Membreno and Ayeya Mandefu of Irving High School; Stephanie Eyocko of Lake Highlands High School; Tambra Lin Bonds and Marcus Anthony Alvarez of Nimitz High School; Jasmine Renee Douglas and Luke Powers Strother of W.T. White High School; Jeanine Valente and Jake Austin Schutzeof Woodrow Wilson High School; Albert Mata and Susana Mena of Molina High School; Kathryne Lebell andKenocha Epperson of Jefferson High School; Emma Smith of Plano High School.

The Texas Leadership Forum is a program of the Today Foundation, which seeks to foster civic involvement, leadership and character building in high school students while educating them about government and public policy.