Building Student Leaders

Seventy-two students from Harlingen CISD, La Joya ISD, Los Fresnos CISD, Sharyland ISD, and Mission CISD participated in RGV LEAD's student leadership workshop in Harlingen on April 29. RGV LEAD's Student Leadership Program gives students an opportunity to get involved, develop their leadership skills, and become student ambassadors for RGV LEAD.

The workshop offered our Valley high school students, the opportunity to measure their current leadership strengths and weaknesses, make plans for improvement, find their voice, and to commit to growing as leaders. RGV LEAD's Student Ambassadors will serve as links between their school, their community, and in the Rio Grande Valley. These Student Ambassadors will positively influence others through their leadership perspectives, making valuable contributions to RGV LEAD's mission: partnering to engage students in college-and-career-focused learning opportunities to achieve a higher level of competence in the workforce.

Dr. Norma L. Salaiz, Director of RGV LEAD, told the students, "You are here to learn about leadership and the positive impact you can make in the Rio Grande Valley. You can do something with your opportunity! Leadership made a difference in my life, and RGV LEAD is here to help you expand the skills you already have and develop to your full potential, which will enable you to make a real difference."

Zoe Meza, a junior at Sharyland High School, said, "This program is very impacting...I have gained motivation and a perspective to realize that there is so much more I can be doing and contributing in the clubs I am involved in at school." Meza is inspired, and her goal is to be an effective leader. She is currently the President of Skill USA at Sharyland ISD.

Payton Sales, a junior at Los Fresnos High School, stated: "If I could be associated with RGV LEAD and its mission, then that would be cool. I have enjoyed networking and learned about the different ways I can improve to be a leader." According to Sales, she comes from a family of leaders. She is very involved in community efforts: she is Co-Captain of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and plans to run for National Honor Society.

Dr. Salaiz recognizes the need to mentor young leaders. The Rio Grande Valley will benefit from the development of effective student leaders. They will eventually become our community, regional, state, and national leaders. RGV LEAD and the Student Ambassadors will work together to provide additional leadership workshops for Valley school districts in the coming school year. It is the students' vision, values, and beliefs that will shape the future of the Valley. RGV LEAD's Student Ambassadors will model the way for other students.

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