Modeled after the Leadership Merced program, Junior Leadership Merced offers a leadership program for the youth of the community. The Program is open for high school juniors and seniors to apply. Applications are available at high school guidance offices or you may download an Application here
The word leader is one that is used to describe a person who, “leads or commands a group, organization or country.” As students in the Junior Leadership program we learned that a leader is more than someone who just gives orders to others. It is a person peaceful, powerful, popular and perfect attributes. This last weekend students were able to evolve into leaders with more attributes to be able to lead and communicate with others. Friday’s class started with Thrive and Survive lessons. Tony put everyone into groups so that we would be forced to communicate and cooperate with new people whom we had never met before. From there we learned everyone’s name and got to know each other better by doing group exercises. Throughout the evening we looked into values that employees look for in people when interviewing them. Some words that we came up with were, “patience, appearance and attitude.” We as a group concluded that in order to be successful in the work field these attributes would be good to have when starting out. From there we went on to do an exercise with three people. The chosen students went up to the front of the class and had to close their eyes, from that point they were asked to rip pieces of paper in different corners to create an image in the end, still, with their eyes closed. When the three people could finally open their eyes each person opened up their piece of paper and each one had a different image. Out teacher then went on to tell us about how this was an example of two way communication and how not everything will be interpreted the same way by everyone. The next activity was to find a partner and sit back to back with each other. One person held an image of different shapes while the other held a blank piece of paper. The one holding the image had to communicate with the other telling them where to draw the different shapes. In the end we compared the two images to see how well we were able to get everything across to each other. Some were very on point while others had major differences. We then went on to fill in the blanks to a worksheet called, “Ten Tips to be a Better Listener.” We all shared what we got and went on to talk about the 5 things you are to never say to a customer for example, “that is not my job, I don’t need to help you.” Instead of replying to someone with that response you can say, “I am sorry I do not know the answer but I can look into it right now.” All in all, each of us learned that evening, new things about the work world and how we can make it in our future jobs. Saturday’s lesson started out with everyone going into groups and working on puzzles. The goal for the group was to be the fastest to finish out of everyone. With teamwork and determination each group was able to finish whether it be first or last place. Next, we worked on a personality profile. Each person got a personality test to determine whether you were the popular sanguine, powerful melancholy, peaceful phlegmatic or perfect choleric. The test asked the person to checkmark the strengths and weaknesses we believed we possessed and in the end we would total up our score which determined which personality we were. There were many powerful melancholies in the group and some here and there who the other traits. We went into groups that went with the trait we had and discussed with everyone how we thought that we were misunderstood. For example, the popular sanguine is known to be easily distracted and forgetful so the people in the popular sanguine would disagree with this and tell why they disagreed. We went back into the main groups and Emily gave out different roles to each of us. The powerful, individual, peaceful, perfect and popular were the different roles each person had and the goal was to create the highest tower out of index cards. It was an exercise that really made you see the different characteristics people have in the world and how it all comes together. After this we had lunch and made our way to the lake. Here we did multiple team activities such as the human knot. The main exercise was a scavenger hunt when we had a group of three and the group needed to find as many things on the list as we could. This was a team building exercise because of how it forced us to stay within our group and we were forced to make sacrifices, for example, if one group member wanted to look a certain way but another wanted to go the other way they would need to make compromises to obtain a good outcome in the end. That evening we had to prepare a meal for everybody to eat. Some were in charge of the salad, others had enchiladas, another group had rice and lastly, dessert. The outcome was good, there were no major mistakes made so everyone was able to enjoy their meal. The night ended with a movie and fun games to play. Sunday morning went by very quickly. The class finished up the lessons of, “Thrive and Survive,” by talking about how women and men should dress for job interviews and etc. As a group we were able to narrow down everything to the most important things to remember. Clean hair and clean clothes, watching the perfume and cologne, hands are clean, nails unchipped, better to be overdressed than underdressed, do not dress too tight, no gum/ candy, leaving the cell phone in the car, and removing body earrings were what we believed was most important to remember. We were able to enjoy one last lunch together at the cabin and then we all headed out back to Merced. That weekend the whole Junior Leadership students were able to experience something they had never before; teamwork taken to a whole other level and knowledge that we would be able to use in today’s society and in our future.
Junior Leadership Merced Class 14 Tower Building Project, Team Building Exercise
College and University Day
Law and Justice Day
JUNIOR LEADERSHIP MERCED CLASS 14 GOVERNMENT DAY, MARCH 21, 2018 REPORTED BY: MARLENE GOMEZ
We met at the Merced County Administration Building where people pay property taxes, obtain passports, etc. We spoke with the District 1 Supervisor, Lee Lor. She explained the process of how she got her position. She doesn’t have a staff, so she handles all her calls and other duties. We met other people within the building and they explained their duties.
Our next stop was the Civic Center. We got to re-enact a City Council Meeting where we discussed a new building site. I was able to be a member on the City Council. Afterwards, we had lunch with the Mayor and City Manager. They gave a short talk about their lives and job descriptions.
The final trip was to the Waste Water Treatment Plant for the City of Merced. We got a tour inside their facilities to see how they check/test for harmful/useful bacteria. We also saw where the water travels until it makes it to the rays of light that kill off the left over bacteria. They have multiple generators in case of a power outage. They are basically the size of a train engine. At the plant they also burn away some of the waste and gases to help the system flow right. I thought what was neat was how they use fans to add oxygen to the bacteria in the water to kill/eat away the harmful waste matter.
Thank You to Class 14 Sponsors
The Junior Leadership Merced Program is provided to students at “no cost” thanks for the generous donations received from Community Businesses and citizens. We wish to thank the Sponsors of Class 14: Merced Main Street Association Merced Boosters Club, Merced Rotary Club, Hoffman Security, Label Technology, Merced Student Employees Federal Credit Union, Image Masters, Fluetsch & Busby Insurance, ALIA Corporation/McDonalds, Merced Breakfast Lions Club, Commercial Construction Company, Jonae Pistoresi, Stuart & Nancy McElwain and Crookham Ranch.
If you are interested in becoming a Sponsor of the Junior Leadership Program to help make sure students are able to continue this worthwhile program at no cost to them, call The Greater Merced Chamber of Commerce at (209) 384-7092.