Learning from the best

introducing Steven Toro

Winter vacation is possibly my favorite time of the year.  Every year during vacation I celebrate my birthday, Christmas, and the New Year.  I either have friends over to celebrate, or I visit family I don’t get to see very much.  Reunions with family can be very joyous and loud but, oddly, I don’t see a problem with that.  We all like to greet each other with a hug; that’s how it has always been.  Some of my favorite and happiest memories happen at my aunt’s house:  whether it’s opening an amazing Christmas gift she bought for me (though at the time I thought it was an extra gift Santa had misplaced so he asked my aunt to give it to me on Christmas day), or when the family would all gather together and count down the seconds it would take for the new year to arrive.

The cherry on top is the food my aunt  prepares for everyone during the holidays. She just knows how to throw an amazing party and how to put a smile on everyone’s face at the most important times of the year.  I would like to be like her in that way.  She never complains about her responsibilities as a host.  She makes sure every objective she sets out for herself gets done–which is a quality anyone can admire.

Some individuals are natural leaders.  My aunt is one of them.

Not many people equate service with leadership.  Leaders know this, and I am starting to learn it.  As a Youthworks member, I have to be responsible for my part at events, reach whatever goal the council decides on, but most of all:  I must be a leader.

While keeping as many people as possible happy, I complete tasks that ultimately help the Youthworks council raise money to better the future of healthcare for our community–fulfilling the Youthworks mission.

I have had so many good leaders as role models in my life. And my aunt is definitely one of the few exceptional leaders that I have had the honor of knowing.

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