A Hope for the New Year

A Hope for the New Year

By Alani Van

Alani photoOver the holiday season, I had the chance to work with the Zenith Youth Group (a community group started by my cousins and myself) in delivering the Feed the Disadvantaged Project on January 2, 2013. The group purchased food, made sandwiches, and handed them out in front of The Salvation Army’s Maxwell Meighen Center. This is the second time Zenith has delivered this annual project to bring New Year’s good wishes to disadvantaged individuals who are looking for shelter and food during this cold winter day.

As Program Director of Zenith, I did not intend on implementing this project this year due to the lack of support I experienced within the planning process the year before. I realized that although it was a very good experience, the group’s interest was indifferent. It wasn’t until our Event Manager, Jennifer Van, approached me and indicated her interested in planning this project that my mind changed. I let Jennifer take the lead on this project and provided her with support and guidance when needed. I soon came to the realization that sometimes when you take a step back as a leader, you give other people a chance to step up to their fullest potential. And that’s exactly what she did.

After we completed the project, Jennifer said that it was a very inspiring and “feel good” experience for her to be able to give back to her community.  We had a chance to listen to many personal stories that shifted our views about others and restored our faith in one person’s ability to make a difference. How would you like to make YOUR impact in 2013?

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