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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.

Grace Garand

Grace Garand

Toledo Early College High School/The Ohio State University

How and when have you been involved with Leadership Toledo?

I became involved with Leadership Toledo last year when I joined YiPEE for my junior year of high school. I was the representative for my school in D.C. for a national service award when I met people on staff who invited me to join YiPEE.

 

What was your favorite moment or experience throughout your involvement?

I love our conferences! It’s so much fun to see everyone come together, especially when it gets new people involved in LT. I also loved the fundraiser breakfast and the RTW kickoff party. It’s always so fun to meet our supporters at an event.

 

What surprised you the most about your Leadership Toledo experience?

How many connections with others I made! I feel like my network has expanded so much, and I know if I need a resource basically anywhere, I know someone who knows someone.

 

What did you take away from your participation?

How big of an impact this group makes. Between all of the different leadership groups, the community is constantly being bettered in some way or another.

 

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

Do it! You won’t regret it! It’s a great way to get to know your community.

 

What's new since your involvement in LT? 

I’ve been able to get more experience in the fields I’ve considered going in to. I made a connection to a local organization, volunteered with them, and that helped me narrow down what I want my major in college to be! It’s also been a major talking point for me. It’s almost like a society-when I see someone in public wearing anything Leadership Toledo, I always say hi! It’s so fun to have this connection to other people.

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

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