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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, Kansas City, Missouri, USA

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Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, Kansas City, Missouri, USA

monkey16



Registered: November 2013
City/Town/Province: Kansas City
Posts: 1
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One particular community service that I participated in and made a huge impact on who I am as a person, is being a mentor in the “Big Cause for Little Paws” program. This program was active during the 2012- 2013 school at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy and was founded by Donna Williams- Kubic. The purpose of the program was to have high school students mentor middle school students in becoming a leader, improving their grades, and overcoming obstacles transpiring in their lives.
I chose this community service project because it was a great opportunity for me to learn about how to be a leader myself and I enjoy helping others. I remember when I was in middle school, I never wanted to take the leadership role in any group activity I participated in and I rarely stood up for what I thought was right and wrong; I tended to follow others. So, I figured why not learn how to develop these qualities, while advising others on how to develop them as well. Also, I am very good at advising others on how to solve their problems in life so this came in handy as well.
During the time spent in this program I learned many things. One thing that I learned, which was very interesting to me, was that anyone can be a leader, no matter if they had bad intentions. One day we had to come up with a list of famous leaders, everyone chose people such as, Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, Malcolm X, Theodore Roosevelt, and many more. Mrs. Kubic then asked, “What about Hitler?” Everyone was confused because we all thought that a leader was a person who led others to do something positive with their lives. It turns out that a leader is someone who is powerful and can lead anyone using any method possible. Although Hitler had bad intentions, his powerful speeches and methods of doing things, convinced others to follow his lead and believe in him. With this lesson, I now know that in the future I cannot be too quick to judge others based off of their actions because you never know, they could be future leaders. This lesson will also help me in the future because in order for me to be a good leader, I have to be powerful and use many methods to try to get people to follow my lead.
After this community service project, I felt as if I have accomplished both of my goals. The first goal I had was to develop leadership qualities, which I did. I feel as if I accomplished this goal based off the fact that now I stand by what I think is right and wrong, and because now when I have a group assignment, I take charge in assigning task to my group members. The second goal I had was to help the middle school students with overcoming the obstacles within their lives. There was one in girl in particular who was very quiet and afraid to speak. During the time we spent together, I helped her with speaking her mind and ignoring what others thought about what she said. By the end of the program, she started to participate in the discussion sessions and she even talked with upperclassmen. I felt as if I helped her with this, with some help from others. This project resulted in eighth grade students becoming great leaders for the beginning of their high school life and many of the students improved their grades. This was a great program and I believe every school should have a program like this.
· Date: November 25, 2013 · Views: 1782 · File size: 37.6kb · : 350 x 263 ·
Hours Volunteered: 40
Volunteers: 5
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 16 to 17
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 0.1
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 5.5
Native Trees Planted: 2
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