Supporting Civitan’s motto, “Builders of Good Citizenship,” the Chesapeake District hosts an annual Leaders in Freedom Conference (LIFC) in December for students in grades 10-12.
Civitan Chesapeake District
To be a good citizen, one must first understand the responsibilities that come with our freedoms as Americans. The Civitan Leaders in Freedom Conference seeks to instill that understanding during an intense, three-day program of lectures, interactive breakout sessions, team-building exercises, and social activities.
Working Together in Small Groups
The conference is rich in history, civics, political science, economics, and, of course, leadership. Hand-picked speakers and moderators, many of them university professors, provide a diverse agenda of sessions on topics like Constitutional rights and responsibilities, Middle East demographics and projections, citizenship, leadership, and motivation, and the role of science and technology in America’s leadership.
The presenters are well-known and well respected in their specific fields. Our intent is to be objective. No political or religious views are promoted. Students hear lectures on history, civics, political science, economics, and, of course, leadership. They learn that not all leaders are behind microphones; many more are behind microscopes studying the issues that many of us face on a daily basis. The message of courage and personal sacrifice is shared by conference speakers who actually experienced them.