Hey, HOBY! We at the Alumni Association are having an OUTSTANDING start to February, but why not take some time to reflect on some of the things that made January so amazing? In addition to the excitement of Staff Applications for the 2018 Connecticut HOBY Leadership Seminar, we held our first Community Leadership Workshop (CLeW) for 9th grade students from across the state! Held at Wesleyan University in Middletown, HOBY Volunteers from Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachussetts came together to introduce freshmen to leadership development, the HOBY way!
With festivities beginning with registration and a rousing cheer circle, it didn’t take very long for our CLeW Ambassadors to catch the HOBY spirit! Cheers gave way to icebreakers, and in due time, the first module of the day began: Personal Leadership! Each Ambassador (and a few extra crafty Staff Members) spent the morning making Vision Boards, discovering who they are and who they want to be. After lunch and some Group Time, Ambassadors heard from one of our Group Facilitators, Joanna, about what leadership means to her, and then moved into a four-corners activity, applying what they learned about Personal Leadership in the morning to more thematic and large-scale scenarios.
Finally, to round out the jam-packed day of developing these emerging leaders, we worked on SMART Goals, led by Connecticut HOBY and ALA alumnus, Greg Winkelstern! Ambassadors identified an issue in their community that they are passionate about, and brainstormed ways that they could make their goal Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Bound! We are so excited to see what these CLeW Alumni will accomplish over the course of this year, and we hope they will consider attending the 2019 CT HOBY Seminar as Ambassadors!
by Nicholas Fech