Conference 2017

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Registration Packets

Registration Packets for the 32nd Annual SLS High School Leadership State Conference can be found below. If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to our office at 248-706-0757.

Deadline – October 23, 2017


Nominate your peers, advisors, teachers and others who have helped your SLS Chapter and made a difference in your community. Each year SLS honors those individuals who go above and beyond at the SLS High School Conference, and it all starts with you nominating them.

Deadline for Nomination Awards: October 15, 2017

SLS Unsung Hero

(Named after Doris Vega, former SLS Staff and dear friend and mentor of SAB Alumni)

  • Supports students, chapter and Student Leadership Services behind the scenes.
  • Gives thankfully and unselfishly with an open heart.
  • Respected by students, advisors and Student Leadership Services staff.
  • Goes above and beyond with no expectation of recognition.
SLS Volunteer of the Year

  • Has devoted time and effort to Student Leadership Services.
  • Contributes to the events hosted by Student Leadership Services.
  • Help Student Leadership Services in accomplishing the organization’s goals.
  • Cannot be currently employed by Student Leadership Services.
  • Must be actively involved with Student Leadership Services.
Outstanding Grant Project Award

  • Creative use of community, school and student resources to match grant funding.
  • Project reaches beyond the norm of school-based prevention projects.
  • Evidence of “youth-led” strategies in the grant application, project, marketing and publicity.
  • Evidence of school administration support and community collaboration efforts.
  • Grant Report and Evaluation submitted to SLS in a timely, complete and thorough fashion.  Hand written thank you note sent to Citizens Insurance Company representative.
Community Partner of the Year Award

  • SLS Chapter partners effectively with local businesses, community foundations, school-based community groups, service organizations, law enforcement, health and safety services, religious services, business professional organizations, and tourism entities.
  • SLS Chapter/students take the lead in this partnership and continue throughout the project.
  • Evidence of effectiveness of the project in reaching project goals.
  • Samples of public relations and media exposure for chapter and project.


SLS Advisor of the Year

  • Enables the chapter and students to develop to their maximum potential.
  • Uses their strengths in a positive way to enhance the chapter.
  • Exemplifies the chapter’s beliefs in everyday life.
  • Shows dedication in being an advisor.
  • Involved and dedicated in helping with the chapter’s goals.
  • Commitment and dedication to their chapter for at least two years.
SLS Chapter of the Year

  • A group of students and an advisor(s) who support and exemplify spreading the ideals of Student Leadership Services and youth led prevention.
  • Students and Advisor work and function as a team.
  • The Chapter of the Year must have shown development each year making their chapter stronger than the previous year.
  • The Chapter of the Year must have reached out to a significant amount of youth in the school.
  • This chapter must have made a considerable impact in their school and demonstrate how the impact is evident.
SLS Charlie Stilec Spirit Award

  • Chapter exemplifies positive energy, enthusiasm and dedication to the vision of Student Leadership Services.
  • Chapter participated in at least two community service projects in a school year.
  • Chapter planned and participated in at least two substance free activities at school.
  • Chapter displays mission and values in all aspects of chapter meetings and activities.
SLS Most Improved Chapter

• Has shown significant improvement in majority of the following areas:

o Members
o Increased money from fundraisers, events, etc.
o SLS activities
o Sponsorships
o Chapter Activities
o Other improvements and accomplishments

• Applicants need to show “before” and “after” summaries of school climate, etc.

SLS “BEAR” Award

(Named after Russell Reiterman, Advisor of the Year 2000, Henry Ford II High School)

  • Welcomes students with an open mind and open heart.
  • Engages youth to believe in the mission of Student Leadership Services.
  • Empowers students to use their strengths.
  • Is a respectful mentor to youth.


Gail Ford

Mrs. Gail Ford was born and raised in Detroit, MI as one of eleven siblings. Ford’s non-traditional upbringing with limited resources pushed her to claim her power or become a victim of her circumstances. Ford received her Masers of Science in Adult Education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Speech Communication from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI. During her time at Ferris State University, Ford began her practice as a motivational speaker with T.O.W.E.R.S. (Teaching Others What Establishes Real Success). Ford has spoken across the country to audiences using her personal story to provide inspiration, motivation and guidance to help others move towards a better life.

Over the past fourteen years, Ford has worked in non-profits and post-secondary institutions to advocate for systematic changes to better align K-12 education programming with college-ready expectations. Ford is the Assistant Director of the Pre-College Enrichment Program for Leaning Excellence (PEOPLE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the nations most comprehensive college prep program, which starts with students as early as second grade and supports them through degree completion. Her work with youth and professionals afforded her the opportunity to attend First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Beating the Odds Summit” at The White House in July 2015.

In 2017 Ford was named by Brava Magazine a Women 2 Watch for her exceptional work in the area of college access.
Ford wants every student to rethink their potential and use education as a path forward to fulfil their destiny.

Mario McLean

Mario McLean, 24, native of Detroit, MI, survived the foster care system and is a product of Cass Technical High School & Michigan State University. His success both in and out of the classroom at MSU allowed him to be selected to be the Student Commencement Speaker at his graduation in 2015!

Throughout his time at MSU, Mario also had the opportunity to Study Abroad to Puebla, Mexico, where he provided social support to children (ages newborn -12 years old) who came from a neglected family background history, much like him. Currently, Mario is working full-time as a District Sales Manager at Frito-Lay. He is engaged to his high school sweetheart, Amber Blanks, who he will be tieing the knot to this fall, October 8th, 2017. In addition, Mario is pursuing his MBA at Northwood University.