A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A LEADING FROM WITHIN PARTICIPANT
Written by Jonah L. (LFW 2015 Participant)
9:15 ARRIVAL, CHECK IN & MOVEMENT
I arrive in the morning to be greeted by my facilitators and friends. We have a quick check-in as a group and then we do something to stimulate our bodies - maybe it's a game, maybe it's yoga.
After movement, we eat a healthy breakfast. Breakfast gives me a chance to chat with other LFW participants and get to know them better.
10:00 PRACTICES START
We then have our morning practices. The practices are composed of meaningful discussions and exercises that help us define what leadership means to me and how I can be a leader in my school and community. Learning about the rapidly changing world and modern leadership methods is extremely important for young entrepreneurs, like myself.
After an intellectual conversation, I leave the room to have a fresh lunch out by the terrace overlooking the Hudson River. My fellow participants and I talk about how things are going and we get to know each other more and more. The LFW community is often very diverse.
12:45 AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES - WORKSHOPS & VISITING LEADERS
After lunch we will either have facilitated workshops, guest speakers or work on a creative project. This part of the day is hands-on and dynamic. We talk less and use our hands more. In the past, my peers and I have crafted original rap songs and short films. The type of speakers vary from urban farmers to physical-trainers who also like to compose music. As time progresses, we learn more and more about leadership and how we as individuals have the power to make change. We're hungry by this time, and it's a good thing, because waiting in the kitchen are snacks and beverages for an afternoon refresher.
After a quick break, we reconvene to have one last final discussion for the day that will be concluded with a check-out exercise. The day is over, and we are excited to do it all over again tomorrow (or maybe head to a field trip)!
Jonah L. is a senior at Solomon Schechter School of Westchester. He is interested in entrepreneuership and enjoys skiing. Four words Jonah uses to describe himself are, "thriving, creative, innovative and eloquent."