Hi! My name is Savanna and I am a junior at Hopewell High School.  This is my second year in Y Street and my first year on the Y Street Leadership Team (YSLT).  Being a leader in school is a very crucial thing as it sets you up for success in high school and beyond.  There are multiple things that make an exceptional leader such as integrity, setting clear goals, and being able to work well with others.  A good leader also looks out for other people before themselves.

Being a part of YSLT has helped to grow my leadership skills tremendously.  There are many opportunities that you can participate in and experience on the Leadership Team.  I now have the confidence to do so many things that I would never have done before like public speaking.  The first time I felt like a leader was during youth recruitment at my school last fall. I learned new ways to engage and recruit my peers with finding that the most efficient way was reaching out to freshmen and sharing my great experiences on being in Y Street.  In speaking with so many students and encouraging them to join Y Street and become leaders themselves, I have learned that being a leader is not only about speaking to new people, it’s about stepping outside of your comfort zone and taking initiative.

From being on YSLT, I am also learning that there are leaders all around me, myself included, and that being a leader can be as simple as motivating others to get involved or even setting a good example for those around you.  By knowing what skills make up a leader, I act more like a leader in my school and community than I ever have before.  I know I will use these skills in the future by making sure my voice is heard when spreading awareness on important issues and applying them to my future career.

I am proud to be a YSLT member.  This experience has taught me so much about how to lead, how to improve my physical and mental health, and how to be a better person overall.  If you are interested in learning leadership skills, don’t miss out!  Sign up for the Leadership Team today at www.ystreet.org.

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