I went through Junior Leadership several years ago, graduating with the class of 2013. I remain heavily involved with Leadership Medina County today, and I am very glad that I do, as I have continued to learn more and more as time has gone on. Junior Leadership didn’t end at graduation for me, my journey with the program just took a turn and kept on going.
In our fast-paced society, there is no shortage of things to be involved in. If we aren’t careful, it’s easy to get involved in so many that we can hardly devote the time required by each one. To keep our sanity, we must make choices. Here is why I choose to stay involved with Leadership Medina County:
- The program changed my life, and I want to see it continue. My year in Junior Leadership caused me to think differently. Hearing the incredible life stories of others made me think about what I wanted my own story to sound like someday. Junior Leadership started many years ago as a class project of the Signature Program, and it has continued because many people have continued to support it. Now it’s my turn to play a part.
- I can make a difference. Every time I tag along on a program day I can share my experiences, my advice, my mistakes, and my successes with students who are at a critical point in their lives. If just one thing I say makes the life of one of these kids better, simpler, or even less confusing, I have made a difference.
- The people. Ultimately, it is the people that make any organization great. From the incoming classes and the alumni to the staff and the board of trustees, Leadership Medina is filled with incredible people who truly care about our community and are trying to make a difference in the world. It’s hard not to want to be a part of something like that.
The success of an organization like Leadership Medina County is dependent on its ability to engage with its members – both during and after the course of the programming. Graduation may mark the “end” of the program year for each class, but whether it marks the end of involvement with Leadership Medina County is entirely up to the individual. Year after year, alumni from Junior Leadership, Emerging Leaders, and the Signature Program continue to stay involved with the organization, helping with program days, joining planning committees, working in the office, and running the board. The commitment shown by the Alumni who have completed the programs is a true testament to the strength of the organization and the value it brings to the community.
Johnny Hojnacki is a Junior Leadership Alumnus, a Junior at The University of Akron, and a Trustee for Leadership Medina County
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