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Northeast Delta Dental CEO and President Tom Raffio, and John Jay Bonstingl, Founder of Leaders for the Future, host program for developing young leaders.

Elementary School students from Christa McAuliffe School, Beaver Meadow School and Broken Ground School attended a youth leadership summit with the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program at Northeast Delta Dental headquarters in Concord on Oct. 4 and 5.

The summit, called the Bonstingl Leaders for the Future Summit, was led by international education consultant John Jay Bonstingl of Maryland. It’s a program created specifically to empower elementary school children and help them to realize their leadership potential. Northeast Delta Dental has been sponsoring youth leadership summits for the past 13 years.

At the summit, the students learned about leadership traits and conducted a personal inventory of their own skills and traits. Then they were encouraged to create a project that would benefit their school or community. One group of students designed a program to promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention, while another group brainstormed a plan for students to help out at a local food pantry.

In addition to the Concord students, elementary-schoolers from Mills Falls Charter School and Founders Academy Charter School in Manchester also attended the summit.