Bridging The Gap: Your Leader’s Voice Stands Up to empower others
Leaders play the hand dealt to them and are always ready to step up to the plate to position others to win.
Allow me to introduce a leader who embodies the above principle and thinking.
A Future Master Class Today (FMCT), Generation Z member who is a 10th grader at the New Oxford High school in New Oxford, Pennsylvania.
Her future aspiration after graduating is to further her education at a university where she will be challenged academically, developed socially, and inspired professionally.
While in high school, she continues to develop her leader’s voice that was discovered when she was a member of the New Oxford Girl Scout Junior Troop-80965. It was there, she realized this attribute and passion to help others who were challenged to help themselves through pursuing the Girl Scout Bronze Award.
I Can Still do this.
Just to give you some information about the Bronze Award. It is the highest award a Girl Scout Junior can earn. It provides an opportunity for scouts to connect with the community in a special way. They meet new people, learn new processes, and help others with satisfying a need(s). Earning the award is the other half of this awesome return.
Alena was excited to work with fellow scouts in pursuing the Bronze Award. She was even more excited about working with her friends to tackle a community issue while building new relationships.
But when it was time to launch the project, she had a conflict that prevented her from working with the other scouts. She was upset, but not satisfied. She knew there was something she could do. She asked her parents to help her find a community project to lead.
They found one called, Pre-K Counts. A program where money was allocated to help a new Pre-K class to start and end at the same time as regular school.
Leading the Project.
Alena accepted the opportunity to lead the project and empowered her parents to advise, help, train, and so much more.
They met with the program administrators to determine how they could contribute to the need and developed their project plan from the conversation.
They decided to design a chair pocket for each student and came up with a simple concept where they would sew them together to hang securely on back of their chairs.
Though sewing was not Alena’s expertise, she was willing to work with her mother and learn the skill to complete this part of the project.
Another critical piece of the project was soliciting donations from community vendors: Staples, Walmart, and Target to purchase school materials like pencils, crayons, paper, glue, and other relevant things to fill the chair pockets.
Alena had some reservations at first in how she would approach them to share the project. Uncertainty and doubt were trying to dominate her thinking and cancel out what needed to be done. With encouragement from her team and her conviction to help the Pre-K students, she mustered the energy, engaged her thinking and creativity to pitch her cause to each vendor. It worked with a condition. They could only provide a discount for what she purchased. Giving donations did not work in their business strategy.
Alena’s commitment grew as she tackled each task. Her leader’s voice stood strong and stable as she overcame each opportunity that challenged her along the way.
Closing the Project and Due Recognition.
Anything you open you must close at some point. All the tasks were closed except presenting the Project to the Upper Adams School Board.
Alena developed a PowerPoint presentation outlining her project and presented it to the board. They were able to hear her project scope which revealed a picture of the chair pocket on a chair, the connections and support from community vendors, and the knowledge she acquired from the project’s start to finish.
She earned the Bronze Award and was featured in the Gettysburg Times Newspaper for her efforts in leading a community project that empowers the Pre-K students to win at the start of their educational journey.
Well Done! Alena
The following are a few Takeaways from Alena:
· Commit to your cause
· Develop your leader’s voice. It will open doors for you.
· Crave the uncomfortable. There are hidden treasures waiting for you to discover.
Alena is winning her race today. Her experiences and leadership embody the brightness of what the future will be, can be, and should be.
Thank you, Alena.
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