In honor of Thanksgiving week, Leaders UNITE is launching our first YAS week. YAS stands for “You are Special.” This project is similar to Compliment Cards, but it is an online version. Ivana and Julia are posting facebook statuses about YAS. If you like the status, they will post a nice message on your facebook wall. They will do this if you like their status, but they will also be posting randomly on people’s walls. The message will start off, “YAS because…” Hopefully, once you receive the message, you will post your own status about YAS. We hope this really kicks off, and that this will be the first of many YAS opportunities.
We started a project called Compliment Cards at the Cary Academy High School branch of Leaders UNITE! It’s pretty simple, but the effect goes a long way! We set up a box near the Upper School office, where students or teachers can write positive notes of encouragement to other members of the school community. Members of Leaders UNITE pass out these cards during advisory periods with a little treat. Try this project at your school!
You can put anything on the Compliment Cards. It can be anything from a simple compliment about someone’s outfit, to a compliment about their latest achievements. Keep the notes positive, and you will surely bring a smile to someone’s face.
This can be done within the club, or for people outside of the club. You can create compliment cards saying two nice things about someone you know. Then give the card to the person. It’s amazing how much one compliment can brighten a person’s day.
As a leader, it is always important to help others. The older club members can help lead and/or facilitate the younger club member’s activities. It will be a fun way to observe other members of the club while enhancing your own leadership abilities.
You can pick up some of your favorite childhood books and read them to the Elementary School students at your school or a nearby Preschool. Be sure to get books with lots of pictures.
Get together with your friends and put together a show for your local retirement home. You can play instruments, or sing. Make it entertaining!
Make some holiday cards (Christmas, Easter, New Years, Halloween, Thanksgiving, or whatever holiday you celebrate) and give these cards to retirement homes or children’s hospitals in the local area. Make them colorful and leave a nice message.