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Leadership Bridge Trips

Leadership Bridge Trip 2017

February 8th, 2017. Columbia, South Carolina – We are happy to announce another successful Leadership Bridge trip. Every year we take students from around the state to Columbia, SC. There they see the beautiful State House and make connections. Opportunities for internships and future jobs abound in this environment.
Our diverse cast of students also comes from all over the world. Mexico, Germany, and of course North America are all places the group originated from. Perhaps more than any other event this trip shows our commitment to diversity.

As with all our events it was also highly educational. Students learned the history of the area and architecture. They also took away practical information on becoming a Senator or other official. Several of our hosts even offered internships and other connections to the students.

Our illustrious guides and speakers included:
• Mayor Steve Benjamin
• Dr. Robert Cox
• Secretary of State Mark Hammond
• West Columbia Representative Micah Caskey

We want to thank each one of these people personally;
• Mayor Steve Benjamin gave us some great information. He also offered to introduce students to influential decision-makers.
• Dr. Robert Cox gave an interesting speech on Globalism. He encouraged young people to learn a new language. Thinking globally is the only way to succeed today.
• Secretary of State Mark Hammond explained what his office does. He gave the students a fresh and deep insight into the world of politics.
• Representative Micah Caskey taught the students about running for office. He detailed his work and how they can run in the future. He also offered to introduce students to influential decision-makers.

Between these meetings, the students learned about the deep history of this area. There was also time for enjoyment during an excellent lunch at the Palmetto Club. The food was delicious and Dr. Robert Cox spoke immediately after.
Everyone learned some valuable information on our political process. We also hope that this trip will lead to great jobs for the students in the future. It was a valuable day for everyone involved and we cannot wait until the next trip.


Leadership Bridge Trip 2016

On February 3rd 2016, the Atlantic Institute of SC hosted student and professor leaders at the state's capital from the following colleges: USC Upstate, Greenville Tech, North Greenville University, Clemson, Columbia College, Citadel, Allen University, College of Charleston, USC, Spartanburg Community College, St. Josephs Catholic School.

We toured the State House, met with Senator Alexander and Lt. Governor, Henry McMaster and then attended a dinner at the Capital City Club moderated Akif Aydin. The theme was on Leadership with a panel discussion with Representative J. Todd Rutherford, Representative Neal Collins, Kathryn Hix from Greenville Tech and Alexandra Tamura from St. Joseph's Catholic School.

The day started out with everyone meeting at the West Columbia center for lunch and then proceeding to the State House where they learned the history and significance of the capital being in Columbia, was presented to the Senate floor by Senator Alexander. Then met with Senator Alexander and Lt. Governor, Henry McMaster who talked about the importance of leaders today and in the future.

After a short "free time" trip to the State Museum everyone proceeded to the Capital City Club for the Leadership Bridge dinner. Other influential leaders from the Capital met with them there and all had dinner together. Following the dinner we enjoyed listening to the panel of Today's and Tomorrow's Leaders answer the following questions provided by Akif Aydin: What capabilities should one cultivate to prepare for a possible future leadership role? What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess? Which leaders influenced you in your life? and how? What is meant by the statement "leadership is everyone's business"?

The students that attended are leaders at each of their Colleges and our hope is that they bring back something that they learned from the day and are able to share it with others as well as incorporate some of their gained knowledge in their everyday life.


Dear Christina and Paula, I just wanted to let you know and ask you to pass on to anyone else what a great experience the Leadership Bridge Dinner was for my students. Christian, Kevondrea, and Alexandra were so impressed by the reception that received from legislators and other adults they met. They felt the entire program was an incredible experience and it made a deep impression on them. Thanks for providing this outstanding experience for my students. Thank you again!

Meby Carr - St. Joseph's Catholic School