Leadership Path

"Don't follow the crowd, let the crowd follow you."

- Margaret Thatcher

Badge leadership

Lead to Succeed

Earn digital badges that can increase your online resume and web presence as you build useful workforce development skills.


Students demonstrate ability to work both alone and on a team

Bridging The Gap

Students participate & lead Bridging-The-Gap events

Virginia STAR Sessions

Students attend & lead free sessions hosted by Virginia STAR


Students can shadow more experienced students to learn new techniques or skills

Level 1 Leadership: Team-building

  • Demonstrate the ability to complete a task both alone and as a team (Model sorting, Trash preparation, Windows Install)
  • Participate in at least one BTG event (or assist in building two BTG machines)
  • Attend at least three VA STAR sessions (After school, weekend, night)
  • Properly follow written or verbal instructions from students/staff (Directions or tasks from higher level students or a teacher)
  • Demonstrate the ability to give clear and easily understandable directions (Directing other students, or explaining a task)
  • Follow through on any task given at VA STAR sessions
  • Take the initiative to help with tasks in the work space (Moving equipment, BTG preparation, Proper level hardware/software work)
  • Exhibit proper conduct and dress when representing VA STAR (Meeting families, school staff, county faculty, and other dignitaries)

Level 2 Leadership: Mentoring

  • Shadow an experienced student who is planning a BTG event
  • Participate in at least two BTG events (or assist in building four BTG machines)
  • Attend at least six VA STAR after school sessions
  • Assist level one students at VA STAR sessions
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead a team of level one students in VA STAR tasks (hard drive and RAM installations)
  • Show to ability to articulate objectives to other students (These level 2 students are the middle manager to assist with all areas of the VA STAR program, inventory, basic level one tasks in hardware and software.)
  • Walk other students through tasks (assembling a computer, finding software, etc.)
  • Demonstrate the ability to properly complete tasks delegated by higher level peers (follow a basic chain of command)
  • Being a team lead during a BTG event (Taking their role from the classroom to the evening computer training and setup. Ex delegating VA STAR tech students with families, monitoring all aspects of the event to insure smooth operations.

Level 3 Leadership: Mentoring/BTG Preparation

  • Participate in three BTG events (or assist in building six BTG machines)
  • Attend eight VA STAR after school sessions
  • Be able to manage teams at BTG events (Ensure level 2 students are properly informed on tasks they must complete with their teams, and be able to solve any problems that may come up the chain)
  • Plan one BTG event (Fully student planned)
  • Be able to lead VA STAR sessions (Making a plan for the days necessary tasks, Making sure level 1 students have mentors, Helping to fill any gaps in work)
  • Walk lower level students through advanced material (cabling, networking, linux installation)
  • Be able to properly delegate to efficiently complete tasks (When given assignments from the teacher make sure the job is being done efficiently and properly ex: Don’t assign too many people to a task, make sure everyone is doing their job)
  • Demonstrate ability to solve higher level problems students may run into (Bios issues: Password protection, network connectivity, driver troubleshooting for difficult tasks)

Level 4 Leadership: Leadership

  • Participate in four BTG events (or assist in building eight BTG machines)
  • Attend ten VA STAR sessions
  • Demonstrate ability to represent VA STAR at BTG events as student leaders (to county members, press, and parents)
  • Plan two BTG events
  • Demonstrate ability to help level three students in finding work for VA STAR sessions (keeping check of what work is coming up for BTG or other donations and helping keep track of outgoing/incoming shipments)
  • Demonstrate ability to look into tasks that level three students couldn’t figure out (moving difficult problems up the chain of command)
  • Demonstrate initiative in finding tasks or projects to help other students learn or work (creating tools or guides to help other students work flow or learning)