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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.

Sarah Faisal

Sarah Faisal

Notre Dame Academy

How and when have you been involved with Leadership Toledo?

I learned about Leadership Toledo when my friend, Nimi Shah, was going through Youth Leadership Toledo (YLT) her sophomore year. She told me about the great work that participated in as youth in Toledo, and I decided I wanted to be a part of it. I learned about Youth in Philanthropy Encouraging Excellence (YIPEE) and joined my junior year. I have been a member of YIPEE for about two years now, and it has been life changing


What was your favorite moment or experience throughout your involvement?

My favorite moment throughout my involvement would have to be when we visited and volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House. It was humbling to experience the amazing work that Ronald McDonald does for the community. I also enjoyed getting to see the impact YIPEE's grant money would make for the patients and their families. It was a great time where we bonded as a group in our love for philanthropy and giving back to our community.


What surprised you the most about your Leadership Toledo experience?

I was most surprised about how inclusive the Leadership Toledo community really is. Every person is here to build each other up and see everyone succeed. I absolutely love the positive environment at LT which is unlike any other I have encountered. We all share a common passion for helping the community and making a difference in the world. The uplifting spirit that radiates the entire room never fails to brighten my day.


What did you take away from your participation?

Through Leadership Toledo, I have learned to lead with kindness and responsibility. I have learned that we are all a group of leaders that lead in our own special ways. I also learned that giving back to the community easier than it may appear. Often times, it seems like we cannot make a large impact. Through participating in YiPEE, I have learned that even a meaningful conversation is enough to make change.


What would you tell others who are considering involvement in Leadership Toledo's programs?

Do it!! Participating in a LT program will change your perspective on life, leadership, and philanthropy forever! You will meet like-minded individuals who share the same goals as you do and form life-long connections. You will participate in unique experiences and connect to your community. So again, do it!! And you will have so much fun along the way :)


What's new since your involvement in LT? 

Recently, I became a National Qualier in Public Forum Debate, which I have been really excited for. This has been a goal of mine since my freshman year of high school. I am so thankful that I have been able to accomplish it and lead my debate team this year!

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

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