Where it all ends, where it all be­gins

Words for the 2017 Grad­u­at­ing Class

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By An­gela Moore LEAD Polk Class of 2017

Well, the end is here! Grad­u­a­tion for Lead Polk 2017 marks the end of a 15 week jour­ney. Through­out this process, we have learned many things. We have learned about in­dus­tries in our county by site vis­its and tour­ing farms and agri­cul­ture, the court sys­tems, how to con­duct suc­cess­ful meet­ings, the State Capitol, our new Col­lege and Ca­reer Academy and so much more.

I be­lieve the main thing we learned was about each other. Each of us brought a unique per­son­al­ity to the group.

When I first made the de­ci­sion to be a part of this group, I thought about a few things I had hoped to gain from it. First, I wanted to make more con­nec­tions with peo­ple in our com­mu­nity. Work­ing for the court sys­tem with chil­dren who are hav­ing some be­hav­ior is­sues, I felt it was nec­es­sary to get out in the com­mu­nity more so I can con­tinue to ad­vo­cate for these chil­dren. I also wanted to learn more about my county. A county I moved to when I was 7 years old and grew up in, work in, and con­tin­ued to live in. I wanted to find out how to be more of a voice in what goes on in this county. I cer­tainly learned these things and so much more.

I learned about 18 won­der­ful peo­ple who also have the same pas­sions about our county. These peo­ple have strong be­liefs in our county and the peo­ple in our county. These peo­ple re­ally wanted the same things I did. But most of all what I got from this pro­gram was 18 new friends. I watched these per­son­al­i­ties come to life week af­ter week. I learned each of these peo­ple are just as pas­sion­ate as I am about what they do and the peo­ple they serve. It was amaz­ing to watch us week af­ter week be­come more com­fort­able around each other, to joke with each other, to lis­ten to each other, and to dis­cover what we could do for each other. We chal­lenged each other. We praised each other. One of us be­came a County Com­mis­sioner dur­ing this process. Even watch­ing how sup­port­ive and proud we were of this per­son to pur­sue this po­si­tion. Ev­ery­one was al­ways so ex­cited for each other in any ac­com­plish­ment we made. There was no jeal­ousy, no down­grad­ing, no neg­a­tiv­ity. It was al­ways pos­i­tive. I looked for­ward ev­ery week to see­ing my new friends.

Now that we are at a close, it is cer­tainly bit­ter­sweet. Be­ing in Lead Polk is time con­sum­ing, but one of the most re­ward­ing things I have ever done.

I feel I have learned a lot about Polk County and how I can con­tinue to be in­volved to help it grow. I plan to be at more Com­mis­sioner’s meet­ings and school board meet­ings. I plan to con­tinue to ad­vo­cate for the youth in our county be­cause they are our fu­ture.

This jour­ney has been the best! I will miss see­ing my friends, but I know we will be to­gether again soon. If you ever get a chance to be a part of Lead Polk, I highly rec­om­mend it. If I had to guess, my new friends would agree!

Writ­ten by An­gela Moore, a 2017 grad­u­ate of the LEAD Polk Class of 2017. Moore is a co­or­di­na­tor for the De­fax Ju­ve­nile court and di­rec­tor of the CHINS pro­gram.

She is a mem­ber o the Cedar­town Ju­nior Ser­vice League and of the Cedar­town Ex­change Club.

If you would like more in­for­ma­tion on the up­com­ing 2018 LEAD Polk Class, either as a par­tic­i­pant or spon­sor, con­tact Missy Kendrick, Pres­i­dent/CEO, Devel­op­ment Au­thor­ity of Polk County at 770584-5234 or mis­syk­[email protected]­ge­or­gia.com.

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