Deborah P Wolf.
What a Gem!
When my son brought home the application for the Mason G Smoak Youth Leadership Highlands I was unaware of the organization and what it provided. Wow is this a gem of a program. This experience has provided my son not only a hands on behind the scenes look at businesses that demonstrate specific aspects of our community, but also an introspective analysis of who he is and who he can become as a leader. He gained an understanding of personalities (his and others) and how they
My son has participated in the Mason G. Smoak Youth Leadership Highlands for the past two years. The first year, the program provided opportunities and hands-on experience to gain a more in-depth picture of our county and all it offers. The knowledge my son acquired opened his eyes to organizations and businesses that he never knew existed. He had many favorite days, but the social services day was the day that he talked about the most. It was a great way for him to unders
Lifetime of Success
My daughter, Aubrey has been a part of the Mason G. Smoak Youth Leadership Highlands Program for the past two years. This opportunity has allowed her to build skills for a lifetime of success. She has had ongoing opportunities to develop important leadership skills such as; problem-solving, effective communication, creativity, and the ability to delegate. Aubrey along with other second year members of the program recently organized and facilitated a successful leadership conf
Cow and Citrus
For Agriculture and Environment Day, we got the opportunity to visit the Journal Plaza, the dike, and the Smoak Ranch. Our first stop was at the Journal Plaza, here we heard from Teri Grooms, the owner of Good News Café. We learned about her journey and how Good News Café came to be. We were also treated to a very delicious blueberry smoothies and chocolate chip cookies. In the Journal Plaza we also visited the Blueberry Patch. We got to walk around and were shown historical
Ag & Environment Day
We first visited the Journal plaza. We were told a story about the man who built the plaza against high odds. I learned that through strong leadership and determination I can do anything I set my mind too. We went to the Good News cafe where I learned from the owner how strong faith and devotion will help live a good life. We also visited the Blueberry Patch where I learned that taking risks can lead to rewards. I learned from Mr. Mike McMillan, the environmentalist who studi