Being a YSLT

My name is Koby and I’m a senior at Broad Run High School in Ashburn, VA. Broad Run is home of the Spartans and is a part of the Loudoun County Public School division. As for my accomplishments and goals in Y Street, I have been on the Y Street Leadership Team (YSLT) for a year. I have had the opportunity to run multiple events and am eager to make Loudoun County a comprehensive tobacco-free school division. Today I want to talk about leadership!

Being a leader has nothing to do with “me” and has everything to do with “you.” There’s something that we all desire, or talents and abilities that we possess. It is the leader’s job to expose people’s talents and abilities and encourage them to move in a different, more meaningful direction. Sure people can have many different hobbies or passions, but a leader is someone who encourages someone else to follow a new direction – whatever that may be.

When it comes to our Y Street campaigns, it is important that the Y Street Leadership Team does their job to implement this change by being effective leaders. Being a leader is all about standing for what you believe in and creating a movement of people that will stand with you. Y Street has multiple campaigns that promote a healthier Virginia, but without anyone to encourage people to follow, it is difficult to create change. At the end of the day, our movement is all about bringing value to every student, staff, and visitor at the public schools here in Virginia.

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