I was so impressed when I met this young lady. She had started a program for teens to mentor younger children and she was at the Rotary Club meeting to tell us about it. So poised, so self confident. We stayed and talked, after the meeting. I decided to introduce her to you.
Teen Role Model – #638
A high school senior was telling me recently about the responsibilities she feels being a role model in school. This young lady is her class president. She is an officer in Future Farmers of America, a leader in 4H.
She said that as she built up these credentials, her mother warned her, “There is always someone watching.” She said that thought guides her with the realization that she is a role model.
Fellow students see her lead and achieve. They would also see if she did wrong.
When she is tempted to gossip or experiment wrongly, she considers how she would feel if someone was watching and was led to do likewise, following her bad example. She accepts responsibility for the image she projects.
Obviously she was brought up in a home where the right values were stressed.
And she is determined to uphold those values, not just in public, but in private.
In this age of bullying and blame, it is truly refreshing to hear this young lady standing straight.
Hats off to the millions of young adults who stay the course and do the right thing.
You don’t hear about them often enough. They are out there, doing good and being kind. As they become leaders, our future is in good hands.
The young lady received a Rotary Club scholarship. It was just one of many acknowledgements and awards she accumulated before leaving high school. We’ll be watching her college adventures for more leadership. She is prone to help make the world a better place.