|Spring/Summer 2010||Vol 2, Issue 3|
Left: Congratulations to ALY '10, who graduated 4/19/10
|May is one of my favorite months to be a part of
Advancing Leadership. The AL and
ALY classes finish their projects and present them to the world. The youth have
celebrated their graduation, and the adults are getting ready to do the same. While I witness the transformation of
the outgoing participants, I am meeting the newest additions to our Advancing
Leadership community - the classes of 2011!|
This month, YOU can do a few simple things to
prepare AL for another year of success:
a donation to our program. During
these tough economic times, every dollar makes a difference to us. Just click on the "Donate Now" button.
someone special to apply for AL 2010-11. Use the link to the right to download an application, or forward this
newsletter directly to that coworker, friend or fellow volunteer who is ready
to deepen his or her knowledge, skills and connections.
one or more of our exciting June events. As a friend of AL, you are always welcome!
Thanks for making a difference,
Special Event: AL 2010 Golf Tournament
Each new AL class brings fresh ideas to our program. Here's one you'll love:
AL '10 is hosting the first annual Advancing Leadership Golf Tournament and
Dinner on Thursday, June 3rd at the Twin Lakes Golf and Country
Club. Registration begins at 11:30
am, and golfers can sign up individually or register as a foursome. A full 18 holes of golf, golf cart, dinner
and the chance at prizes (including one for wildest golf attire) are all included. Non-golfers can join participants at 4:00 pm for social
hour, then a wonderful buffet dinner at 5:30 pm.
All event proceeds go to support the AL 2010 Gang
Awareness and Prevention Project.
To register or get more information, contact Rick Leavitt, AL '10, at email@example.com or (253)
370-6764, or click on the "AL 2010 Golf Tournament" link in this newsletter.
Modeling the Way: ALY 2010 Goes Green!
For their class project,
ALY '10 decided they wanted to work on helping the environment. They knew that they wanted to educate
others on how harmful people are to the environment and how simple changes can
make a difference, but they also wanted to give back by taking action against
negative things in our city's environment.
In the end, ALY decided
on a two-part project. The first part involved spending a long, rainy Saturday
at Dumas Bay, pulling unending amounts of ivy that suffocates the natural
foliage. This photo shows how much a group of tenacious teens can accomplish!
The next step was to visit
Rainier View Elementary School to talk to students about recycling and reusing. The day began with a skit called
"Captain Green and The Trash Villians", followed by games and hands-on
activities that demonstrated how simple it is to help the environment in
"Some kids originally
were nervous, but by the end of the day they realized how much fun we were
having and how we had created a safe environment...they came up to us and took
our picture and gave us hugs" Bailey Warrior, ALY '10 (aka Captain Green), commented.
"The project ended with
the ALY class [having] Rainer View elementary school students sign a contract
to stay green, " said Jevoy Palmer, ALY '10, who introduced captain Green and the Trash
Villains. What was most amazing for everyone to see though, was how much fun
the kids had learning about recycling and reusing what was once considered
"trash" to help eliminate waste. Not only did the Rainier View students have
fun, but so did the ALY students. The theme of the entire project revolved
around the motto: "Be happy. Be healthy. Be green." During that final project
for the class of 2010, they took that motto to heart.
Submitted by Tara
Larson, ALY '10
|Inspiring a Shared Vision: AL '10 Creates Gang Awareness & Prevention Website
Every year participants
in Advancing Leadership identify a project to benefit the community of Federal
Way. This year the Board of
Advancing Leadership asked participants to take a proactive stance and tackle a
prevailing issue facing the community-at-large which would ultimately have a
long-term impact on Federal Way.
After speaking with a variety of community leaders, including Tom
Murphy, Federal Way Public Schools Superintendant and Brian Wilson, Federal
Way's City Manger, it was determined that AL classes for the next three years
will focus on the topic of gang activity awareness.
The Advancing Leadership
Class of 2010, after months of research, decided to sponsor a website that is
designed to be a community resource regarding gang awareness and prevention: www.uniteFW.com. The deeper purpose of the website is to
engage the community and inspire people to get involved.
"Knowledge is power,"
said Teri Hickel, AL Executive Director. "The website will bring people and
information together to empower the community. This is what Advancing Leadership is all about."
The website, www.uniteFW.com, will be live on May 20th. If you are interested in participating
in the project or wish to make a donation please contact Alex Charoni through
the Advancing Leadership office at 253-528-0846.
ATTENTION AL ALUMNI: Don't Miss Exclusive ALUMNI - ONLY Grad Night FUN!
Graduating from Advancing Leadership isn't really
about completing a program; it's about joining the vibrant network of active
leaders in our city - the AL Alumni!
This year, we want to highlight the incredible AL
alumni community during and after the graduation ceremony by hearing
reflections from an alum, recognizing all of the alumni in attendance,
welcoming the graduating class into the alumni fold, then departing grad night
for an exclusive, alumni-only
If you are an alumnus, sponsor or one of our
amazing community supporters, please join us for a very special graduation
showcase on Wednesday, June 16th
at Grace Church, 1232 SW Dash Point Rd., Federal Way, WA 98023. Reception with hors d'oeuvres begins at 6 pm, followed by
our graduation program from 6:30 to 8 pm.
The alumni - including the new 2010 alums - will head directly to their
party location following the program.
Want to know where we're going?
You must be present to party, so
plan on joining us!
LOCAL ALUMS: Can you help us contact other locals
from your class to invite them to this event? Please contact party planners Jon McIntosh, AL '99 at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Dinah Herring, AL '09 at Dinah_herring@cable.comcast.com
to be a class contact.
We'll see YOU there!
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