|Posted by Young Governors on January 2, 2014 at 10:15 PM|
On the first Tuesday of 2014, despite the icy weather that dropped below 4 degree Fahrenheit, almost all new members came to the Community Organization Training by the Young Governors program.
After an icebreaker where all the teenagers shared their names as well as meanings behind those, the prospective Young Governors for 2014 participated in the Blanket game and other activities. Many people burst into laughter despite the fact it was the first time after the YG orientation that they met each other. Saddique Mushtaq, a sophomore in high school who came to the training the first time said: “I think this program is cool. We help people”. Samidha Tamang, a prospective YG also shared that she was happy to join the training.
Delia Kim, the founder of the Young Governors Program, shared the story of how she had been working with teens for thirteen years and found one thing that was common among them: resilience. Wanting to channel this personality streak into strength, she founded the Young Governors Program in New Life Fellowship Church in 2011. As this program has embarked on the fourth year, she said: “ I would like to see the programs to be more youth-related and have a bigger reach. I also hope to see veterans step up and the leadership cycle continue.” Amy Wang and Tala Haider, two high school students, are administrator and facilitator for YG. “They are the co-founders of this program,” Delia Kim said.
Besides them, the Young Governors veterans also came to share about their experience in the third year. Stephen Sam and Tony Fang, two current juniors in high school elaborated on many events in 2013, such as Go Green Elmhurst and Elmhurst Community Garden Beautification Day. Katherine, a high school sophomore commented on the Green House, a project the Young Governors had created to plant food for Food Pantry Donation in New Life Fellowship Church.
Tala Haider stated that the main values of this program were teamwork, community organization and youth empowerment. “We are all together,” he said. Mellisa Villoda, an intern in New Life CDC who has been working with the Young Governors since 2013 also talked about the New Life CDC programs with three Rs values: Relief, Restore and Reinvestment and how Young Governors Program had been founded under the Reinvestment value. “I am excited about the new year”, she said, sharing that she wish to witness the teenagers “become spontaneous, have participation and devote commitment.”
On this day, Brenda Vazquez, the After School Program Director at New Life Community Development Corporation, also came to visit the prospective Young Governors. Having known about the program and collaborated with them for some events, she excitedly claimed: “I am a huge fan of Young Governors.”