Students who are gifted love being challenged. Leadership Projects not only challenge, they educate.
Gather gifted students together for a brainstorming session. What are some of the needs that exist within the school or community? How could those needs be met?
For instance, the school lacks a safe play area of the younger students. It could be safer if the area was cleaned, and schoolyard equipment repaired or replaced. This could be done by gathering local contractors, parents and community members together. Donations of time and equipment would keep the renovation for costing the school anything.
Students would write a proposal, meet with school and community members to share their vision, contact people for assistance, write news releases and publicity, and organize the renovation. (All with the help of an adult mentor, of course.)
Other ideas for leadership projects include, book drives for underprivileged school districts, non-perishable food collection for community food pantries, spring clean-up project for elderly/disabled community members or mentoring program for younger students.