There are simply no words to put together this volunteer experience and the life long friendships I have built because of Leadership Camp. This by far is the most connected I have felt to leadership and campers and I think that has to do with the people in this program as well as the model that we are practicing day by day and eventually in life as well.
Being a Leader Advancement Scholar has given me the opportunity to follow a protocol that has allowed me to tackle many realms of leadership. One part of my protocol that I would do even if it wasn’t a part of it would be being involved in an RSO, eventually holding leadership positions in 2 of them. The Social Change model applies to this in a sense that when you’re in the organizations, you are focused on the individual, group and community. Let me elaborate here. Within the individual, as in myself, I try to hold still to my values and beliefs before the group so I am competent and confident with in the group. Next is within the group, where I am now focusing on collaboration and interaction between myself and the organization where I am trying to instill the groups values into them for future leadership roles. For example, I try to implement the skills of helpfulness, caring and collaboration among my group so eventually we can all foster these characteristics and implement them in our leadership behaviors daily on the job. With in the society, the group is trying to bring about change for the common good. An idea of this would be how certain organizations shape you into well rounded leaders that are career based, or major based, so you are ready to impact the field and others around you for the long run.
Through the 7 C’s of leadership, social change is able to happen. I’ll explain 2 briefly:
- Common Purpose- This is to work collectively with the group through shared visions and for everyone to participate actively in the purpose and goals of the group. An example of this would take place in SAVV (Student Advocates for Vegetarianism/Veganism) where they all share the common purpose of saving the lives of animals and protecting the environment from to the mass production of meat.
- Citizenship- This is not simply membership, but actively being engaged in the community where your ultimately working towards social change. Although this is implied in every single RSO to go out and volunteer, this is another section of our protocol where 30 hours of service with in our community can impact us as leaders. As we gain more self knowledge in this act, social change can increase as others see the problems they face as connected to the problems of other people and choose to engage in it.
Social Change Model is something we should lead by everyday in trying to make yourself and the community better. Through this model you can find satisfaction and enjoyment from making a difference in the world. As emerging leaders on campus, this protocol is allowing us to apply the many realms of leadership in many unique ways where we can all make a difference.