Chick-fil-A Leader Academy comes to IWA
The IWA Young Leaders Program continues to have an impact in IWA’s hallways and this year they are proud to announce their latest innovation: a partnership with Chick-fil-A Leader Academy.
Chick-fil-A Leader Academy is a national high school leadership program focused on impact throughaction. Thirty IWA students will take part in the seven-month curriculum to learn valuable leadership lessons. Students will execute two service projects to strengthen their project management and leadership skills, culminating in an end-of-program ImpactProject in the local community.
The program is fully-funded through generoussponsorships from local Chick-fil-A Operators. So, if you find yourself in the Chick-fil-A in the Park Shoppes on McKinney, tell them thanks forsupporting IWA!
Look n Lead: Mission Possible!
Saturday, April 1st, the Young Leaders Program held their 4th annual Look 'n Lead conference, hosting over eighty 7th and 8th grade students from local middle schools! The theme for the event, Mission Possible, allowed each young leader to reflect on their passions, talents and leadership strengths to create a mission statement that will help guide their future as a servant leader. The IWA Look 'n Lead team, over 20 strong, had a great time planning and executing the event, and were so impressed with these young ladies! The future of leadership at IWA is bright!
IWA's Annual Sewfest
March 6 marked the 7th annual IWA Sewfest and the IWA community truly rallied around this worthy cause! Students, families, and friends of IWA worked diligently through the afternoon and evening to create dresses, purses, superhero masks and capes, and cards for the 300 2nd to 4th-grade boys and girls of Cafe con Leche school in the Dominican Republic. During the event, the Leaders in Action team hosted female leaders from Houston area middle schools to create bookmarks, while the Leading with Service WINGS project created bracelets with their "little sisters" from the Wesley Community Center. All of these gifts will be brought down by the Teens for Unity students on their spring break mission trip to Cafe con Leche, so keep an eye out for photos and videos after spring break. We sincerely thank each and every person who supported this year's Sewfest--this would not have been possible without your help!
Leaders in Action Refugee Project
Over the weekend, the Leaders in Action team of YLP partnered with the Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement program for an important and timely service project. For this particular project, about a dozen IWA girls collaborated with 30 middle schoolers from various local Catholic Middle Schools including St. Anne, St. Jerome, St. Martha, St. Helen, OLG, St. Thomas More, and St. Vincent de Paul. The group, pictured above, was greeted by the Refugee Resettlement program staff and received a brief overview of what Catholic Charities does to support refugees and the immigration process. The girls planned a few activities to discuss the value of our diverse American backgrounds and went through a simulation experience of what it would be like to be a refugee. They then worked together to make welcome blankets for the families that come through the program.
The IWA Leaders in Action team is a group within the Young Leaders Program that creates programming and experiences to help teach local middle school students to put leadership skills into practice at an early age.