Fellowship with City Year Corps Members, April 30
Each year when April comes around, I get to look back at the first three months of the new year (January, February and March). I check to make sure sure that some of my experiences are consistent with Acts of Kindness and my passion for witnessing and celebrating Academic Excellence.
I also reflect on the current April and experiences in past Aprils.
April 2011 was the month when the University of Notre DameAlumni Association recognized me as the 2011 William D. Reynolds award recipient for "doing exceptional work with youth for the betterment of the quality of life." The luncheon and award presentation on the 50-yard-line of Notre Dame Stadium during halftime of the annual Blue-Gold Spring Football Game was on April 16, A Special Day.
What does doing exceptional work with youth look like?
I am conscious of two abilities that I have. First, I often encounter Emerging Leaders in my community. I also have the ability to connect some of them to local and national resources that further fuel enthusiasm for learning,
Four concepts, therefore, are:
Witness academic excellence
Celebrate academic excellence
Encounter Emerging Leaders
Connect Emerging Leaders to resources