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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.

JT Daniel

JT Daniel

Clay High School

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

I am currently the president of YIPEE and have been involved since my sophomore year in YLT.

What motivated you to join?

I was recommended by one of my sister’s friends who is 4 years older than me and I thought it was a great way to get involved in the community

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

The amount of projects that we've completed seem endless but the most memorable are helping with the color run (color for camo) and Christmas caroling to raise money for YiPEE

What has been your favorite project or moment?

My favorite moment, without a doubt, would be the grant ceremony at the end of YIPEE. The satisfaction of all the hard work that was put in by everybody is a great feeling and the reaction from the different organizations is heart-warming. 

What surprised you the most about your participation?

The most surprising thing about my experience is how active I have become. When I was a sophomore I thought that I was just learning how to become a leader and then it was over. Now, I apply those skills and traits to everyday life. 

What will you take away from your participation?

I think the better question is "what won't I take away from this experience?". I've learned so much from how to communicate with others, how to listen and how to be a leader and not a boss. I have felt myself change from who I was 2 years ago to who I am now. I also appreciate all of the adults who want to see the younger generation take initiative and lead. 

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

I would tell them to take the jump. Try something new, it's hard to persuade a sophomore to going into a program that has 50 kids and they don't know anybody. I've made some great friends from this program and I would encourage any sophomore to sign up. 

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

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