Directing YLC Boston was an incredibly rewarding experience for me this past summer. These students came from all different schools from Boston and the suburbs of Massachusetts. Right from day one, each and every student was engaged and had a genuine interest in wanting to learn the skills that they could use to empower their communities.
We began the week with a broad overview and discussion about leadership and what qualities a good leader possesses, while helping students identify their own leadership styles. Throughout the week, the students stretched their comfort zones and participated in team-building and organizational group activities that can be implemented in their daily lives. Through these activities, we focused on helping the students with their public speaking and collaboration skills.
The conference culminated in the students bringing all the week’s ideas together into their own independent social change projects. Over the final three days, the students analyzed a problem in their school or community, reasoned through ways to improve the lives of those around them, and designed plans of attack to actually implement their movements, which undoubtedly will make great impact in their communities.
The best part of this conference for me was watching the students grow their skillset and develop their social change projects. While I am incredibly honored to work with these students during the five days, I am even more excited to watch these kids go into their communities and make real impacts.
- Dario Zarrabian, YLC Boston Co-Director, 2017