Spring/Summer 2010
Vol 2, Issue 3
ALY10 grads

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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:

* Make a donation to our program.  During these tough economic times, every dollar makes a difference to us.  Just click on the "Donate Now" button.

* Encourage 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.

* Attend one or more of our exciting June events. As a friend of AL, you are always welcome!

Thanks for making a difference,

Teri Hickel
Executive Director
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Special Event: AL 2010 Golf Tournament

al10 group marchEach 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 rleavitt@comcast.net 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 Federal Way.

"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 after-party!

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 jon@gcfw.org or Dinah Herring, AL '09 at Dinah_herring@cable.comcast.com to be a class contact.

We'll see YOU there!

AL alumni
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