Widener Launches Pioneering Interactive Website for High School Students to Track Their Community and Civic Involvement

Widener University, one of the nation’s premier universities for civic engagement and applied leadership, is proud to launch the first-of-its-kind site that encourages high school students to track and share their activities, community service and leadership actions at leadershipworks.widener.edu from September 5 through December 15, 2012.

Leadership and community service are always in demand, but many times they go unnoticed and untracked. micrositeHowever, with this new site, Widener seeks to encourage local high school students to share their civic and school involvement through this fun, interactive way of continuously recording, tracking and sharing their involvement.

This easy-to-use site allows students to create an account and immediately begin to "check-in" their recent activities through the site's pre-populated categories. As the students check-in, they accrue points and are recognized for their participation and the amount of time spent on certain commitments through virtual "badges." Whenever a virtual badge is awarded, students can share their accomplishment with friends and family through their social networks.

"At Widener University, we are proud of all the high school students taking the initiative to give-back to their communities through civic engagement and participation in school activities," said Widener University President James T. Harris III. "We've created this new site to not only help students spend less time tracking their activities so they are able to spend more time on civic engagement efforts, but also to give them the recognition they deserve for sharing their time and talents with the community."

Just for participating, students will have the opportunity to win weekly iTunes® gift cards for their efforts. Also, the school with the highest number of activity check-ins will be awarded iPads® for their school. For more information regarding the Widener University Leadership Works site, please visit: http://leadershipworks.widener.edu.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences and professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate's, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. The university's campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, PA, and Wilmington, DE, serve approximately 6,500 students. Visit the university's website, www.widener.edu, for more information.

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