Latinx performers dancing on stage at Latinx Youth Leadership Conference

Park Center and Osseo senior high students had the opportunity last month to attend the Latinx Youth Leadership Conference put on by La Oportunidad, a Twin Cities nonprofit, and sponsored by a District 279 Foundation grant. On May 3, more than 50 Osseo Area Schools students and staff participated in this learning opportunity at Augsburg University to develop leadership skills and confidence in advocating for community change.

The Latinx Youth Leadership Conference was focused on sustainability and how the Latinx community can combat climate change. Each year, the conference changes themes and is organized and coordinated by youth participants from the previous year.

Students had the opportunity to spend the day with other Latinx youth from all over the metro and the state to learn more about:

  • Latinx cultures and how they intersect with a history of caring for and respecting the environment
  • Art and music as a form of activism
  • How to advocate for improving and sustaining the environment

Photo caption (above): Members of the community perform on stage to show the way art and music intersect with sustainability efforts. 
Photo caption (below): Group photos of PCSH and OSH students who attended the Latinx Youth Leadership Conference on May 3. 

OSH PCSH students seated at a lunch table at the conference  PCSH OSH students in large group photo

Michael Lehan headshot

Michael Lehan, principal of Osseo Senior High, will be awarded the High School Principal of the Year for the Hennepin Division by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP). He is one of eight administrators from across the state to receive this recognition each representing different divisions.

The award honors administrators who have successfully demonstrated an ability to collaborate with teachers and other staff members to improve the educational program and student achievement as well as foster a positive school climate that reflects high staff and student morale.

“I am overwhelmingly humbled by this acknowledgement we collectively received,” said Principal Michael Lehan. “The award is symbolic of the collective work of our staff, scholars and community.”

Six Osseo Senior High scholars collaborated on the nomination for this award. Lehan will receive the award on June 19 at the MASSP summer conference.

“This award speaks to the transformative work that a collective group of individuals can accomplish,” added Lehan.