Sunday, November 1, 2009

Youth Leadership for Five Seasons

Last year I was accepted into the Youth Leadership for Five Seasons. This is a program that not many people know about at Kennedy but is a really good organization. We go around on different days (on Wednesdays usually once a month) to different organizations/businesses in Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities and we also do group and team building activities and talk about how we can help improve and make the Cedar Rapids community better. Usually these days are really fun and enlightening and it gives us leadership skills we get to use every single day. We are afterall the future of Cedar Rapids :) The first outing we had together was the Leadership Retreat. We went to the boyscout camp and did the high ropes course and some team building activities. It was really fun because we got to do it in the rain!!! Haha The next day was Law and Government day. We went to a halfway house and listened to a man that worked there then we listened to some lawyers and judges speak. Then we went to the police department and got to watcha demonstration with a police dog and we got to look at some pretty neat weaponry. Then we listened to the City council members and the mayor talk. The best part of that day was probably going to listen to some court hearings. It was really neat to get to see these in real life. You see them on tv and movies and stuff but it was cool to witness it up close. The next day was Volunteering day and we went to help out at Camp Tanager. A camp that houses kids with blood disorders and other diseases for a week in the summer so they can experience just a normal camp experience. Then we took a tour of the ice arena and the kernals stadium. Then we even got to go ice skating for the afternoon! It was a lot of fun. The most recent day was Corridor Day. The "Corridor" is the area of Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Coralville etc. They were trying to teach us that there was more to our community than just Cedar Rapids. We went to take a tour of Nordstrums and that was really cool. They took us through the warehouse and it was massive! It was really cool to see all the conveyor belts and things and the 300 foot high holding shelves. Then we went to the airport to see where they fly private jets and we even got to sit in one. Then we went to kirkwood to listen to some people talk about the Corridor and we finished off the day at a printing press where they printed newspapers like the Gazette. My favorite day so far was Law and Government day. I enjoyed seeing the different aspects of the law. This has been a very good experience for me and I really enjoyed it. I encourage everyone to go out and do some sort of leadership role. Whether it be volunteering at the soup kitchen after school or running for Student Government President. Who knows what may come of it. The possibilities are endless!


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