Back2School: Students Leading Students
Cindy A., a Key Club* advisor in Hawaii for 18 years, is always on the lookout for new service project ideas and found MyIntent to be a perfect fit. The meaningful conversations that followed made such an impact in their community that her club shared MyIntent with other Key Clubs at their regional convention.
Here is their story:
Key Club Students with their MyIntent bracelets!
“At the annual convention, our club offered to conduct a service project using MyIntent. Student presenters shared the MyIntent mission with 30 students representing various clubs across Hawaii and our own journey with it,” Cindy shared. It was an opportunity for the students to expand their leadership and communication skills while fulfilling their commitment to service. They created a PowerPoint and “walked the participants through the process of finding their own WORD, sharing their WORD with others, how to stamp their own token, and make their own bracelet,” Cindy explained. The hope is that other Key Clubs will embark on their own MyIntent journey this upcoming school year as either a service project or for fundraisers. Hopefully, it will be the beginning of something special for their Key Clubs as well.
Students gather to share Their WORD and Why with Key Club
In teaching others to become Makers, the students have also made the process their own, coming up with personal tips and styles. “When you stamp it, just stamp it with conviction that that’s your word” is how one student described it. Though ultimately, it’s about the meaningful conversations. “The kids are so open when you give them a chance to talk…to share something on a deeper level that they don’t always get the chance to talk about,” Cindy revealed. It’s an experience that Cindy hopes more people will participate in. “I would like to see others become MyIntent Makers because of the thoughtful, sometimes very deep, always meaningful conversations that occur,” she concluded.
How can you create leadership and community with your students this year?
*Key Club is an international, student-led organization that provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership. If you want to learn more about Key Club, click here.