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An Unforgettable Experience

Published July 08, 2020

The final entry in our series of blog posts documenting the 2019-20 Youth Now program comes courtesy of Hailey Wang, a Chartered Accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers who served as a board member with the West Richmond Community Association.

Hailey's post highlights a sentiment shared by all of this year's participants: while the pandemic interrupted the program, and posed considerable challenges, it also helped bring Hailey and her fellow youth leaders together. Their experience was enhanced, and made more memorable, because they learned to be community leaders in the midst of a community crisis.

Youth Now is truly a unique program where I got to meet an amazing group of peers, mentors, and leaders in the Richmond community. 
The various conferences were all very well organized and also provided relevant content beyond just board participation. I learned valuable interpersonal and communication skills that I can immediately apply to workplace situations as I step into a leadership role. Surprisingly, some aspects of the knowledge can even be applied to our day-to-day life at home and even proved to be helpful as I dealt with my toddler!
The speakers were very passionate about their work and were inspirations to the youth leaders as role models, showing what we can do in the community to make a greater impact. They were very generous in sharing their insights and encouraged discussions to make the topics relatable. The board mentors in attendance also commented that although they had attended the same conference more than once, they were still learning new things every time.
Windows of Hope
I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the 2019 Windows of Hope event at the Richmond Auto Mall last Christmas. The group of youth leaders got together and completed an entire window display with creativity and teamwork, and had lots of fun while doing it. It was a special memory for all of us and really helped the group bond over something meaningful.
Board Participation
I was fortunate to be part of the board at the West Richmond Community Association. The board meetings were well organized and structured, and the board members were all very welcoming. I sat in board meetings to listen to the various aspects of operating a non-profit and the different types of discussions that go on at board meetings. It was definitely a steep learning curve at first, but was nevertheless the best way for anyone to learn about non-profit boards because of the amount of exposure. I am also very appreciative of the time my mentor put in to make sure I had a good understanding of the different programs at the community centre, as well as ongoing projects. He was always available to answer my questions.
Youth Leaders
Due to COVID-19, this year's program has definitely seen some major changes, to say the least. But I am very happy to have met an amazing group of youth leaders and I am very proud of the group to have pulled through despite the various challenges. Current events posed unexpected twists to our program, but that's what made this year so unique. The group worked with our limitations and really made the best of it by being extremely flexible, accommodating, and supportive of each other. Even though these unforeseen challenges were not a part of the curriculum, they are definitely the things that made my experience so memorable.

Leadership Richmond - Youth Now is funded by the Government of Canada's Canada Service Corps and Coast Capital Savings.