Throughout the years, I’ve always had ideas that I wanted to see come to life. Perhaps my peers would have seen these ideas as pointless, perhaps some would have see them as brilliant and creative, nonetheless, I’d never know. Being outspoken and taking the initiative to start new things or expressing a simple opinion were things alien to me, as such, the majority of my thoughts or ideas dwelled between the confines of my mind. However, this year, that begun to change.
Over the course of the summer of 2016 I participated in PowerPlay’s Leadership Academy, a sports based youth development and college readiness program designed to empower and encourage young girls. I hesitated to sign up for the program guessing that it would prevent me from staying within my comfort zones, but coincidentally, during the program it was only when experiencing new things that were often outside of my comfort zone, that I grew to develop a sense of confidence in myself. I began to be more outspoken and took the authority to lead and encourage others when I could.
It was through the skills that I learned in PowerPlay, that I finally took the initiative to make my own club, amusingly enough, that being Musical Theatre in my local high school, which would have never been something my past self would step near.
Thank you PowerPlay for playing this crucial part in my life!”