|Posted by Young Governors on July 21, 2014 at 10:45 PM|
Last Saturday, July 19, the prospective Young Governors Corona successfully accomplished the last day of their community organizing training.
The diverse group was composed of over fourteen teenagers, coming from different schools and cultures. As different as they were, the trainees proved to be passionate about what they were learning. They dedicated a large amount of time to coming to Young Governors: Wednesday from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM and Saturday from 3 PM to 6:00 PM.
As the meeting days for Young Governors Elmhurst are Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, Delia (the director of the program), Tala (the young facilitator), Sandy (another facilitator), and Shirley (a new YG recruit who has been involved with the new branch) spent most of their evening time during the week planning for Corona trainings.
Shirley Wang, currently a junior in High School for Arts and Business, received the training in January of 2014 with the intention that she would be part of Young Governors Corona. She shares her experience with the trainees, coordinates meetings and is learning to facilitate at the same time. Sandy is the co-facilitator for Young Governors Corona. Sandy joined Young Governors program in 2011 when it started. Now, as a college student, she decided to spend her time guiding the teenagers to become community organizers.
Going through the planning process, Shirley expressed that for the first time, she learned how a leader felt. Joining the training in January was entirely different from helping it out in June. Yet, "it was fun," she said. Shirley became better at understanding people and gained more leadership skills thanks to joining the Young Governors Corona team. She said that the group was different from the Young Governors Elmhurst. They talked and worked in another way.
Launching Young Governors Corona was exhilarating, yet it was not easy. For over two months, every Friday, Delia, Sandy, Tala and Shirley stayed late at the Young Governors' office, after the Young Governors Elmhurst meetings, to discuss about how they should make YG Corona happen. It was their dream to expand the unique model of the program to as many places as possible, bringing new opportunities to high school students.
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