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Youth Member Spotlight

Meet a Youth Member Dedicated to Making a Difference

The energy that our youth members bring to Leadership Toledo is exhilarating, and their achievements are inspiring – both for their peers and for the adults they work with. Once each quarter, we focus on an individual youth member and talk with them about their work with Youth Leadership Toledo, how it has changed their life, and where they think their experience will take them.

Jalil Mitchell

Jalil Mitchell

St. John's Jesuit High School

How are you involved with Leadership Toledo – how long have you been involved?

I have been a part of Leadership Toledoo since my sophomore year of high school. Sophomore year, I joined the Youth Leadership Toledo program where my group created our own service project. The past two years, I have been involved in YiPEE where we raise my for non profit youth supporting organizations. Lastly, I have been serving on the Leadership Toledo Board my senior year.

What motivated you to join?

One of the reasons I joined was because my classmates nominated me to apply to the program and gave me the encouragement to try something new. Another reason is because I had been looking for a way that I could involve myself with not only my school, but my community which Leadership Toledo does.


What are some of the projects you’ve worked on with Leadership Toledo?

One really fun project YiPEE has recently done is the Christmas tree decorating. We decided on a Hawaiian/beach theme and decorated a tree that we are auctioning off at the Toledo Club as a way to raise funds for the non profit organizations.


What has been your favorite project or moment?

One of my favorite moments was when I was asked to speak on behalf of Leadership Toledo at an awards ceremony if were to win the Innovation and Excellence Award for a small non profit organization. We did win and I spoke about my experience in front of many cameras and hundreds of adults. Leadership Toledo has found a way to develop my confidence and public speaking skills in addition to working with community service.


What surprised you the most about your participation?

What really surprised me is the people I’ve met in the connections I’ve made throughout this program. Going into it sophomore year, I never thought that I would be involved in it to the extent that I am involved now. I’ve been greatly blessed by this opportunity.


What will you take away from your participation?

Something that I will take away is that there are always different ways to serve and be involved in your community. I never thought raising money for non profit organizations was going to be one of the ways I engaged in community service during high school, but I am happy that I’ve found this organization.


What would you tell others who are considering joining Leadership Toledo?

I would tell anybody considering participating in the program that although it can be scary at first, it is something that can change your life for the better and cause you to think differently and serve differently. I would recommend this program to any young person who is dedicated and motivated to serve their community.

What difference can you make through Youth Leadership Toledo? Contact us and we’ll explore the possibilities.

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