It’s been an impressive month for our Ambassadors! The flagship class has been traveling around south Florida and have started to make names for themselves as young professionals. From attending the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards conference to tailoring their professional skills at home, they have presented themselves consistently as changemakers of the future both in our neighborhood and statewide.
We started the month with a new face; our Ambassador class has grown by one with the addition of sophomore student Donna Ayala. Donna is a bright student from Booker T. Washington who is driven towards success and giving back to her community. Donna was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania but moved to the Miami-Dade area when she was young, and has lived here ever since. Our new student has a passion for medicine and science, and plans to pursue a job in healthcare (preferably as a pediatrician!) after attending either Florida State University or Spelman College. Donna has been greatly involved in our program and is working on a Community Impact Project that focuses on supporting and improving the lives of women who have been victims of domestic abuse.
The Rotary Youth Leadership Awards conference is a meeting for young changemakers across the country to connect, learn professional skills, and discovery strategy towards becoming dynamic leaders in their community. Our first ever Ambassador class was sponsored by the Miami-Dade Rotary Club to attend this event, where they discussed their Community Impact Projects with other influential students and supervisors at the event. Between bouncing ideas and receiving guidance their projects evolved and grew into what they are pursuing today; impressive, well-constructed business plans that the Ambassadors will be presenting at the First Annual K.O.C. Pitch Competition in early March.
The focus has still been strong in the classroom as well. Professional skills are always on our curriculum, with the past month’s focus being on professional greetings and conflict resolution. Lessons and seminars on skills have taught our students how to properly greet a room, begin a presentation, shake hands with a new professional connection, and how to write introductions and conclusions in professional emails. Additionally, we covered respectful and effective workplace conflict resolution. A number of mock scenarios showed our students what foundations of conflict resolution to build agreements and compromises upon regardless of the situation, and how to build the rest of a resolution plan around the specifics of the scenario. Our students are quickly becoming impressive examples of young professionals and we are looking forward to seeing how they and their projects improve over the rest of the semester.