The 2018 Youth Symposium was hosted by the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority. Kids and parents were able to come together to witness and learn many new things. The kids were able to learn many skills such as setting goals and following them and young entrepreneurship. The parents and kids were also able to look at many booths that were set up for the event.
The Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority was first founded in November 12, 1922, at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana by Mary Lou Allison Gardner Dorothy Hanley Whiteside, Vivian Irene White Marbury, Nannie Mae Gahn Johnson, Hattie Mae Annette Dulin Redford, Bessie Mae Downey Rhoades Martin, and Cubena McLure. The sorority colors are royal blue and gold. “It is the mission of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. to enhance the quality of life for women and their families in the U.S. and globally through community service, civil, and social action. Our goal is to achieve greater progress in the areas of education, health awareness, and leadership development. Our members, affiliates, staff, and community partners work to create and support initiatives that align with our vision.” The sigma gamma rho’s slogan is “Greater service, greater progress.”
This year’s Youth symposium was focused on the building blocks of leadership. We were able to enjoy many performances, some being from The Garage Dance Studio, The Inland Conservatory for the Performing Arts, and Outta ContRHOL. After some performances, the kids were able to go their designated workshops. Some of the workshop presenters included Dr. David Morrow and Tammy Martin-Ryles. Dr. David Morrow was giving an amazing lecture about the importance of setting goals and sticking to them. I learned all about setting S.M.A.R.T Goals, S standing for strategic, M standing for measurable, A standing for attainable, R standing for relevant, and finally T for time oriented. From Tammy Martin, I was able to learn about young entrepreneurship. One tip she had for entrepreneurs was to “think of your skill set, what you’d like to do, and what you’re good at doing. If you get an idea, write it down and build it up from there, and don’t let anyone stop you or bring you down.”
At this event, I was able to learn many new things and meet new people. Parents and their kids were able to learn how to become a new leader and how to make connections. We got to witness amazing performances from different types of art types. We also got to learn new skills from the booths the sponsors set up, booths such as IEHP, Office Depot, and FAS.