CLeW - Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical School

On Saturday, December 2, forty-two freshmen from fifteen schools and organizations attended this year’s Community Leadership Workshop (CLeW) hosted at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical School in Upton. The day was emceed by the CLeW chair Zack Bergeron and Fern Fernandes. The students learned from thought provoking presentations and discussions on Decision Making and Goal Setting (Andres Tejeda), Effective Communication (Tori Landry), The Golden Circles (Bobby Arruda), Personal Leadership (Wyatt Doyle), and a collective presentation on Life with HOBY by the Junior Staff (Andrew Floyd, Zoe Foster, Suzanne Wright, and Connor Ahern). In the morning students also rotated through five different team building activities which challenged their communication skills and their ability to work together. In the afternoon, students participated in a service project benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The project was introduced along with an overview of the work the St. Jude organization does by Ifrad Islam. Students created cheer cards which contained words of encouragement and support for the children currently being treated at the St. Jude Hospital. The day was closed by the MA HOBY Corporate Board President Gail Elmore who encouraged the students to spread the HOBY spirit of kindness and acceptance of others, put into practice the lessons that they learned and to stay involved with HOBY. Everyone, from the HOBY staff to the school counselors to the students, worked diligently to make this an OUTSTANDING CLeW!

Our volunteer facilitators, Christine Elmore, Shubi Joshi, Wyatt Doyle, Andres Tejeda and Ifrad Islam, did an excellent job of leading the five groups of students throughout the day and we really appreciated their contributions. Many thanks to the administration of the Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical School for donating the use of their excellent facilities which made this workshop possible.