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Blackstone Valley Youth Leadership Academy Update

Updated: Mar 15, 2021

Twenty-Five Freshmen & Sophomore students from across the Valley have been participating in our leadership academy since the end of October. This group of dynamic youth leaders has shown amazing resiliency and flexibility considering the current situation in the state.

Students have adapted to a meeting schedule that includes both in person, remote, and some hybrid sessions. We have been able to work with many wonderful community partners this year despite the challenges this year has brought.

On February 23, Cody Lavallee, co-owner of ACCL Marketing presented to our students on the importance of Goal Setting via Zoom. He told students, "A goal without a plan is just a wish" and shared strategies to achieve both short and long term goals.

On March 9, Omni Control Technology, Inc. and Access TCA, Inc. hosted our group at their shared building space in Whitinsville. Students learned about the ins and outs of these two companies and what they look for in potential employees and future leaders with presentations from Peter Bedigian and Tom Gardner. We were so grateful to be able to be out in a space in our community.

Additionally, Students have been focusing on developing leadership skills like problem solving, creative thinking, and professional communication during these sessions. Students are hard at work designing and implementing community service projects. Students' projects are very timely and appropriate for society in 2021. We have students working with homeless shelters to provide meals and toiletry bags, others are partnering with animal shelters and doing drives for much needed supplies, a few are focusing on mental health and addressing ways in which people can deal with the pressures of pandemic life, and some are even working to find ways to thank our essential workers and first responders. We look forward to seeing these completed projects in the spring!

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