Dear PM and TLs:
The lunch mentoring coordinating role has interested me since I first heard of the “50 Acts of Leadership” model. Leadership has become a passion of mine since freshman year in college; not being a leader, but helping individuals, including myself, become self-aware leaders. I joined a program called the Outdoor Leadership Environmental Education Program where a group of Brown Univ. students and Providence high school students came together once a week to engage in environmental education and leadership. One of our prominent leadership activities was the leadership compass. Over the past 4 years I have participated in and facilitated this activity many times, and each time I learn something new about myself. By having the opportunity to self-reflect and hear from others, I have gained confidence in embracing my leadership strengths and challenges.
This role would give me the ability to continue this engagement with my own and others’ leadership developments. Lunch mentoring has the potential to instill confidence in high school students by supporting their leadership development. This confidence, if increased, will translate to their classroom participation and effort, especially when taking risks or stepping outside of comfort zones. I hope to help our team achieve this with students through an integration of intentional discussions and team building activities. My experience as a facilitator on a low-ropes course highlighted the power that simple tasks and challenges have on bringing out the hidden or apparent concerns within group dynamics, which inevitably can lead to strong debriefs that allow students to consider their own leadership in relation to their self and peers.
While I know this position requires targeted planning and specific initiatives for students, I hope to work with our team to balance surface-level “fun” with deep and meaningful activities that, given a safe-space environment, will spark insightful discussion and self-awareness among all participants.