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Leadership Academy Continues Actively Mentoring Local Girls

By Tricia Hall

Sojourner’s Truth Reporter


The Linnie B. Willis Girls’ Leadership Academy sponsored a weekend of training entitled, “Leadership through Social Media,” from July 10-12, 2015 on the campus of the University of Toledo.


“I saw enthusiasm with these young ladies and the presenters were excellent. The one moment that stood out the most was the speech given by a young lady,” said Linnie Willis, executive director of Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority.  “She’s the product of public housing, and currently an educator in the Cincinnati Public Schools system. Last night at dinner she told her story and spoke about growing up in public housing and about her life in general. Her story was inspiring. I want each of our young ladies to know that they can achieve greatness too.”


Immediately following the Friday parents’ orientation, the participants interacted with each other, academy volunteers and community leadership while discussing various topics. The topics included: social media and computers, iPad, photography, divine minds workshop, business attire fashion shows, self-image, leadership and learning styles, community service and volunteerism, internet scams and fellowship among each participant.


“This weekend at the academy we continued our workshops on the seven habits of highly effective teens,” said Audrey Johnson, facilitator. “Today we worked on mission statements, some of the girls even sang their mission statements, self expression is really important. I have been in the business of mentorship for 25 years. It’s valuable to teach young ladies how to become leaders and equip them with necessary tools, because these ladies are our future and need to learn the skills from someone.”


The final project of the weekend was a team presentation displayed using iPad technology. The five-minute presentation required researching a topic and speaking from all team members.


Six of the teams, comprised of the 2015 participants, researched the organization’s purpose, services provided, value for women and children, volunteer opportunity for academy participants, and photos for the following community agencies: Hashtag Lunchbag, School Girls United, The Daughter’s Project, Cherry Street Mission, Humane Society, and Ten Charities.


The 2014 participants created a Girls’ Leadership Academy Facebook page. The page featured participant mission statements, and photos. The group also explained the importance of social media etiquette: be positive, use appropriate pictures, respect each other, don’t cyber bully people, and more.


“The leadership conference for the 2015 girls has been another outstanding academy, and event for the girls who learned a great deal. All of our speakers were fantastic, “said Ardenia Jones Terry.


The featured speakers were: Candice Harrison, Toledo Zoo communications director; Audrey Johnson, Achieve Academy counselor; Cecelia Adams, PhD, Toledo City Councilwoman; Linnie Willis; Natalie Lanese, Siena Heights University director and assistant professor of arts; Yvonne Harper, Toledo District 4 Councilwoman; Kimberly Alexander, Apple MacCafe Sales and Training; Anita Lopez, Lucas County Auditor; Zonta Club of Toledo; Linda Whittington-Clark, PhD, Whittington-Clark Associates psychologist; Janis Weber, Ohio Computing; Dawnetta Hayes, National Geographic’s Grosvenor Fellow; Desiree Carnes, former Scott High School counselor; Kimesha Williams, Glass City Hustlers and Paula Hicks-Hudson, mayor  City of Toledo.



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Revised: 08/16/18 14:12:24 -0700.

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