Being a Leader at School
Some teens show leadership by joining boards or committees at school or in their communities and become a voice for many other people. Student Council or members of other boards or committees show leadership as they speak up at important meetings and check back with the people they represent to keep them informed and get their new ideas.
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Susan liked wheelchair basketball and played on the team at the local rehabilitation center. It bummed Susan out that
there were no opportunities for her to play sports at her school or in the community, and a few of her friends at school
who also used wheelchairs agreed. They said, “What can we do? We’re just a bunch of kids!” but Susan
called the local recreation center and attended the next meeting of its community advisory council to tell them what kids
with disabilities wanted from the city recreation center. Susan was invited to join the advisory committee as a youth
representative and now attends meetings every month. She is currently completing a survey of the students at her high
school about what they like to do for fun and how the community recreation center can help.
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