Research relating to youth development and youth leadership supports the idea that the development of any person is shaped by their decisions and interactions rather than something that just happens to them. By providing a space where participants can seek supportive relationships and safely experiment with decision making, youth development programs, such as The Friendship Club, are building the agency of its participants. Actively involving participants in their environment, seeking their input, and providing choice all build the agency of the youth participants.
One of the ways in which we help our girls develop their sense of agency is through the Leadership Council, which is comprised of girls in grades 7-12. Girls participating in this group meet monthly in addition to their normal meeting. They are selected to participate in leadership based on their participation, demonstrated leadership skills, and leadership potential. Leadership Council explores various topics involved with leadership and being a role model, with an additional focus on community service. On average, girls in leadership participate in approximately 60 hours of community service per year through various community organizations.
As part of the Leadership Council experience, each year girls organize and host a spaghetti dinner and dessert auction. All the details, from the date and time, to the ticket sales and advertising, to the cooking and serving, are planning and executed by the girls. Over the course of their year, they learn to brainstorm, problem solve, create, time manage, and teamwork.
Our 6th Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Dessert Auction will be held on Saturday, April 7, from 5:30pm to 8:00pm at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Hall. If you are interested in donating a pie or cake for the dessert auction, please contact Denise Tambasco, Program Director for the details. We hope to see you there!