Salvador Gomez On His Experience At The Youth Action Forum
Participating in the AGLN Youth Camp was one of the most fun experiences of my life. Not only did I meet amazing people and make great friends, but I learned more about myself and the world around me than I thought possible in a span of four days. As this past year’s theme was leadership, I was able to actively explore ways to be a better leader. I revalidated that failure is ok, and that it always helps us learn and be better. We shouldn’t be afraid to take risks and feel challenged, and we should take these opportunities to step out of our comfort zones. To be better leaders we must become active listeners and be understanding of people’s thoughts and ideas. By being active listeners, we become more effective and efficient leaders, and help those around us be more reliable and accountable. With this positive mindset, we spread positive emotions to everyone that surrounds us, which is always something we should look forward to.
As I left the AGLN Youth Camp, I reflect on how this experience transformed me, my ways of thinking, and what I can do to lead in a better way. I can say with certainty that this experience has allowed me to look at situations with a better lens, and I have developed a more flexible, positive, and adaptable mindset. Skills like these have and will continue to allow me to do things more efficiently and effectively, and time and time again prove to me that everyone has the capacity to promote change and transformation, and no matter our age we can be better, brighter, and bolder leaders.
Salvador Gomez, 16
San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA
2018 Youth Participant
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