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When I was a junior in high school I was apart of a nonpartisanshiporganization called Mikva Challenge This organization aimed to developcivic leadership abilities of underserved Chicago Public high schoolstudents Their core goals were to ignite the students passion forpolitics increase their political knowledge develop their independentleadership skills and help them to become a part of the solution in theirschools neighborhoods Through this organization I was able to collaboratewith students from different geographic regions who shared a common goal indeveloping their communities Though we shared a similar perspective oursolutions for solving the cyclical and overbearing problems variedHowever we worked together as a team in order to compromise on solutionsand construct meaningful arguments to present to elected officials With myability to enlighten and impact students I had the opportunity to leadseveral discussions pertaining to the problems facing the educationalsystem I also discussed ways in which our representatives could cometogether as a team to fix them Ultimately this program taught me how tocommunicate effectively in voicing my opinions as well as lead a group ofyoung adults towards developing a promising future In addition I was apart of the RISE Readying Illinois Studentsfor Excellence two-day program The RISE program is an early move-inprogram designed for students who are the first in their families to attenda college This program gave me insight to the resources available oncampus Additionally activities were created to discover the similaritiesand differences amongst our diverse group For example we were asked aseries of questions about things that we loved most about our lives Ifstudents agreed with a certain statement then they would go to thedesignated spot in the room while those who opposed that idea went to theopposite side of the room Each group would then need a spokes person topresent their viewpoint When questions were asked that were relevant to meI chose to share my belief but as strong-minded as I was about
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