Three students from 9th grade section 9M1 – Mikhail Zelensky, Lev Novitsky and Andrei Rolik – took part in the Primorye Youth Forum, held at Okean Youth Camp and including about 600 children from the region.
Participants in the event were selected by a process of competitive portfolio assessment. This year, students from ILS were winners in sport, academic and creative competitions. Lev and Mikhail participated in the Soft Skills event, while Andrei chose technical entrepreneurship.
The educational program included areas such as entrepreneurship, ways of working with young people, youth event management, activities of socially oriented non-commercial organizations, fund raising for social projects, Soft Skills for school students or skills of the future, creative and literary projects, interactive study formats, journalism and media project creation, technological entrepreneurship, and acting and oratory skills.
“It was an interesting program with good speakers,” says Andrei. “We managed to learn a lot in three days, and it was great to participate in such a useful event.”
“I met a lot of the friends I made at the XXI Century Leader competition,” Lev reports. “It’s excellent that there are events where school students can get to know such interesting people.”
“I usually take part in competitions and Olympiad trainings, so this was an unusual format for me,” explains Mikhail. “I decided that if I have another chance to participate in an event like this, I'll do a project defense.
During the three days, the students attended master classes given by Sergei Zuyev, who heads the Executive MBA Program at the FEFU School of Economics and Management; Aleksandr Levikov, who is managing director of the RUSAPIA international marketing agency; Vitaly Yazvenko, who is the founder of the STARTLAB technological company and the director of the Siberian and Far Eastern Russia office of Dnevnik.ru; Natalya Nikitina, who serves as education programs moderator at Moscow Management School Skolkovo; and various others.
“Acquiring new knowledge beyond the bounds of the school program significantly expands our students’ world view and gives them a chance to meet new people, which is useful at any age,” comments ILS Principal Olga Shevchenko. “We hope the students will find ways of applying their new knowledge in their own lives and also in the life of the school, perhaps leading to new projects in the context of school government.”