Talk is cheap.
Actions speak louder than words.
These are statements that many have heard, especially as it relates to the issues and concerns that impact and effect our communities. Some may wonder what good is it to talk, assess, evaluate, and pontificate on community affairs if no constructive action comes of it.
While discussion isn’t the cure, it has the potential to hasten the critical thinking, reasoning, and problem solving processes that can indeed lead into positive action and change for the betterment of the community. From this perspective, students who are part of the LEAD Foundation’s Alpha Leadership Program, through their oratorical contest, not only talk about a given issue, but share and exchange thought and tangible ideas which can lead to the thoughtful, reflective, and proactive activity which can help makes things better within a given community.
“Public speaking is one of the many modules we focus on in order to accentuate our students’ academic, professional, and personal development”, notes Executive Director Michael Woodward.
In addition to workshops which provide essential information and access to resources related to career choices, professional etiquette and attire, financial literacy, college planning, and their recent youth issues workshop (fully moderated by their “veteran” students of their program, their ambassadors), middle and high school students are given the hands-on opportunities to develop their craft related to leadership and problem-solving. On Saturday (March 19th) at 9:30am (at Norcross High School), both middle and high school participants are speaking on the topic of education. Their specific area of concentration relates to addressing any differences or gaps in individual and collective student achievement.
The program is free and open to the public. As an added request, attendees are asked to support the foundation in their community efforts to support one of their community partners, the Show-Me-Shoes Foundation. As part of their current March campaign, attendees are asked to bring slightly worn womens’ shoes (business, casual, athletic) as well as underused gowns and dresses to provide prom-materials to deserving female high school students.
In addition to speaking and focusing on solving problems, the LEAD Foundation is expansive in its efforts to work alongside other like-minded organizations. In doing so, thoughtful and meaningful conversation, combined with constructive action, can be a winning formula in identifying and addressing issues which impact our communities.