Mile High Youth Corps has a Leadership Council made up of Corpsmembers from all crews who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills. The council meets once a week to discuss agency policies and procedures, plan service projects and address issues brought up by their fellow Corpsmembers.
Last Friday we gathered in “the barn” for speeches from the Energy and Water Conservation Corpsmembers who were nominated to be on the council by their fellow Corpsmembers. After amazing speeches, Corpsmembers and staff voted for one Energy and one Water Conservation Corpsmember to join the council.
It was a tough decision because everyone presented such passionate, compelling cases for why they would be great representatives for their crews, but in the end Mike Smith from the Water Conservation Crew and Chelsea Cain from the Energy Conservation Crew earned their positions on the Leadership Council.
Mike is currently serving his second term on the Water Conservation Crew and talked about the importance of leading by example. Chelsea gave a heartfelt speech about her yearning to be a part of the council and left us with a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson to consider:
“What is it to succeed? To laugh often and much. To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children. To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others. To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition. To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. That is to have succeeded.”
Welcome to the council Mike and Chelsea, we’re excited to have you!