As a mentor, I was thoroughly impressed with the breadth of community issues these leaders wanted to tackle and the creativity shown with proposed solutions and action plans.
Inspired leaders gathered to begin mapping out their Civic Action Projects, which are projects that will address issues affecting their communities. Leaders also hatched a plan to work with local elected officials to garner support for their particular communityissue. As a mentor, I was thoroughly impressed with the breadth of community issues these leaders wanted to tackle and the creativity shown with proposed solutions and action plans. The morning proved to be a space where the exchange of dynamic ideas was encouraged and excited chatter filled every corner.
The afternoon was dedicated to the Candidate Forum Simulation. A candidate forum which allows candidates for public office to express their views on certain issues so the public can better understand their positions. We hosted a mock version of this format to give student leaders a feel for how these are run. Student leaders, as well as mentors, were selected to play different roles. We had roles for advisors, candidates, and media and audience members.
We tackled issues of racism, college affordability, and bullying (all in a day’s work, right?). I was impressed by the morning’s events, but I was blown away by what transpired that afternoon. I saw students who were completely engaged, thoughtful and passionate about the topics at hand. Lively debates ensued and cases were made for positions. This was by far my favorite part of the day and I will admit I got into the simulation just as much as the students. Their excitement and enthusiasm was contagious. The simulation inspired me so much. I felt (and still do) so proud to work with such an amazing group of civically engaged student leaders.
The conversations these students are having make me excited to see how they will shape our community. I am lucky to call myself a mentor to a group of students who I have no doubt will impact our world for the better.
Stacey is our Yellow Team mentor based out of Colorado Springs. She fell in love with Inspire Colorado after attending the Project Planning Retreat and seeing our amazing students at work. In her free time, Stacey enjoys playing with her dog Walle and exploring Colorado. Read more about Stacey here.