Posted: August 18, 2006
Two former Take the Lead students recently received national media attention for their leadership projects that made a difference.
Shaina Munoz, from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was featured in the September issue of CosmoGIRL! for creating a diversity class at her high school. "As the only Hispanic in my grade, I never felt like I fit in," Munoz writes in the article. "Most kids at my all-girls private school are white and affluent, and my family isn't. I remember hearing girls say stuff that made me realize they thought everyone lived the same lifestyle as them." So after attending Take the Lead, Mount Holyoke's leadership program for high school women, Munoz wrote a proposal for a course at her school to get students thinking about diversity. "A few months later, my weekly 'Diversity Seminar' had been approved, and I was named coinstructor," she writes. "We talked about race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and topics like immigration and women in media." The course continues to be offered even though Munoz has graduated.
Laura Marrin, who is starting her senior year of high school in Providence, Rhode Island, was featured on NPR's Weekend Edition on August 12 for organizing a summer camp for children from homes afflicted with domestic abuse. Marrin raised enough money to bring 37 children to Camp Eureka for one week, where they do arts and crafts, perform skits, play games and sports, and go on field trips. "Over the last four days, I've seen them grow, I've seen them develop, I've seen them make friends, and I feel inspired. I feel inspired to go out and try to make more of a difference in the world because I think I've been able to get through to many of these children, if not all of them, in some way," Marrin said in the NPR interview. Marrin came up with the idea for the camp after witnessing a mock trial on domestic abuse and its affects on families. "I wanted to give these children a chance for just a week to be like other kids and have a mini vacation that was safe, fun, and free to them," she said.