Discovering My Passion Through Leadership Conferences

Sarah Asiedu is a sophomore at Hamilton High School. She loves the arts and is in a choir.  Her favorite subject is history because she likes to know about the past and believes it has an impact on the present. Her project discussed the issues of quality education around the world.

I participated in the Yallah Commit to Action program in 2017, which gave me the special opportunity to discuss my passion in two great leadership conferences. To this day, I still remember when my Arabic teacher first talked about the program. As she describing the program, I was thinking about my project on education inequality. As I applied I never really thought I would make it but of course I went on 38570513521_527a0b7ecd_owith it anyways. After I received my acceptance I was so happy and could not wait to finally be able to train as a future leader. Throughout the several weeks I was taught on how to properly make an effective project which would focus on my chosen community. Through this progress, I was able to form a group with people who shared the same passion as me! With the help of our lovely mentor, Jennifer we established a project and was selected to go to Disneyland and present at the NYLC Youth Leadership Conference. During this moment I was proud of myself because not only did I speak in front of a big audience but I made my point across
that copious children in West Africa are deprived of getting a proper education which can prolong the poverty cycle as well as prevent economic growth. Little did I know that I would get an even bigger opportunity in 26793998489_6b9c6a0215_oOctober to present at the THIMUN Qatar Leadership Conference. As a person who was born and raised in Los Angeles, California that was a big deal. Going to this conference meant that I could reconnect with friends and spread my message internationally. Although I was hesitant at first, accepting the offer to go to Qatar was a decision that will forever impact my life. As a leader it is important to become accustomed to different cultures around the world and that is exactly what I did. I am forever grateful to experience the culture and beauty Qatar offers. In addition, the conference allowed me to interact with other leaders who have done bigger things. Going to the conference only inspired me to do more; it constantly reminded me that as a leader there is so much for me to do, so many more people to meet, and most importantly so many more to help. In the future I hope to expand my project and ideas to make it more effective. I also hope(and will) reconnect with my Qatari peers to present in more conferences. This is only the beginning for me.