November 15, 2012
NCYLS. Whenever I hear this acronym my ears perk up and an immediate smile comes to my face. The Northern California Youth Leadership Seminar is the epitome of leadership in my life. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend this paramount seminar as a Sophomore in 2011. I had extremely high expectations when going in due to stories I have heard but I never fully would realize what I was about to life changing experience till I drove into Menlo College. High energy was the only way I could describe the environment. This is exactly what they needed to propel this group of teenagers through a weekend filled with so much information. Everything from how to tell someone that they need to improve something they are doing the nice way, public speaking, team building activities, social networking, and community service was on the agenda. They do an exceptional job on intertwining the community into their seminar and that is something I was able to take back to my own community of Nevada City, California. My most recent experience was last year as a J-Crew member and I served on the planning committee. Every single person I worked with had so much devotion to this seminar and clearly make time in their busy life so that this can continue to happen. Also, the people I have met throughout this organization I consider to be some of my best friends and I admire them all so much for continuing to support this seminar. NCYLS, provides an environment like no other leadership seminar out there. I have attended a few in my day and the sens of family that hits you a couple hours in is impeccable. You are able to open up and not be judged. That is the main reason I continue making time to give a hand for this group is because I can see all these high schoolers as they are revealing an entirely new look at what it is to be a leader and how you can play a key role in your community. This is a outstanding nonprofit and I hope they will continue being able to offer a FREE leadership seminar to high school sophomores from all walks of life. If everyone could have the chance to attend something similar to this, the world would be a much greater place. I have hope that students going through this will be catalysts in their own towns, cities or nations in their future. To see what I have accomplished since then, I can only fathom what we have done together. Lastly, some quotes from various authors and speakers that really hit me from these last two seminars. NCYLS, forevermore. "Success is never final and failure is never fatal." "The opposite of war isn't peace, it's creation." "In the absence of light, darkness prevails." "Everyone is bringing something unique to the table.""You must do the thing you cannot do.""You have to leave this world better than when you came into it." "It takes a minute to meet someone, an hour to get to know them, a day to love them, but an entire lifetime to forget them."
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