Archive for May 2012

HOBY Leadership Seminar

I’m honored to have been given the opportunity to represent my high school at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar! Over 200 outstanding student leaders came together for the 4-day seminar. Some of the core values of HOBY are volunteerism, integrity, diversity, and excellence. We heard great speakers and participated in leadership activities. One of my favorite parts was Rachel’s Challenge…Rachel was killed in the Columbine shootings and her uncle came to tell us about her story and her mission in life. She thought that one small act of kindness could start a chain reaction, and lived by that belief. I also LOVED being around so many positive people at the seminar. It was so much fun and definitely expanded my leadership abilities.

Power to End Stroke Brunch

Did you know that May is American Stroke Month? I was able to volunteer and attend the Power to End Stroke Brunch in Baltimore with my dad! There were great speakers that have actually survived strokes. Overall, I think it was a very successful event in raising awareness and educating people about the risks of stroke.

She Matters Girls’ Empowerment Conference

I had an awesome day with She Matters at their Girls’ Empowerment Conference & Expo! To start the day off I was the host onstage for the Opening Ceremony. I was also recognized as one of the She Matters 2012 award recipients. It was so exciting to introduce and listen to the keynote speaker, April Ryan, a White House Correspondent! The girls attending went to workshops about things like self-esteem and leadership. The purpose of the conference was to empower girls to embrace life and fulfill her destiny, and I think that it definitely achieved that purpose! The best part of the day for me was speaking to the 9 to 11 year old girls at the “Sisterhood Rap Session” where they could ask questions about anything in their lives. Most of the questions were centered around bullying.¬†I told them about my experiences with friends and that I’ve learned that you don’t need to be around people who bring you down; friends are meant to positively influence you and make you happy! I’m glad to have been a part of the conference! These girls are on their way to being the next generation of leaders!

I Matter, You Matter, She Matters!