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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 Leadership Toledo's youth programs, how it has changed their life, and where they think their experience will take them.

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Johnathan Burks

Student, The Ohio State University

How and when have you been involved with Leadership Toledo?

I was involved in Leadership Toledo from 2016-2019 from my sophomore year - senior year at Central Catholic Highschool.  

What was your favorite moment or takeaway from your involvement?

Leadership Toledo provided me the skills to be confident in myself in uncomfortable situations. Being a leader isn't always thriving in the best situations, but how you react to adversity. Putting yourself in these settings allows for growth and new connections.

How do you define leadership?

Leadership is the way that an individual carries themselves at their best and worst moments. A good leader takes time to work with their peers while learning from other driven individuals and past mistakes made. When people take time to work on themselves while uplifting others, they display leadership.

What strategies or resources do you find useful in order to continue your leadership development journey?

As a leader it is important to surround yourself by other driven people and find communities/organizations that look to make positive changes in the world.

How do you stay active in your community?

- Volunteer at the Mid-Ohio Foodbank Center
- President of the Ohio State Chapter National Association of Black Accountants
- Member of Bell's National Resource Center Leadership Institute
- Evans Scholar

What's new since your involvement in LT? 

I have completed my 3rd - year at The Ohio State University and I am pursuing my CPA and Masters in Accounting. Being a student at The Ohio State University has allowed me to connect with positive influences, learn about new volunteering opportunities and expand my network.

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

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