Rockford, IL

/Rockford, IL

NIC-10 Red Ribbon Leadership Conference

2018-09-17T15:59:12+00:00

I had the opportunity to attend the NIC-10 Red Ribbon Leadership Conference last week after being nominated by my soccer coach.  Events like this give me a chance to learn leadership skills that I can use on the soccer field as well as in my other endeavors.  I found the leadership conference a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow athletes in a setting away from the stadium.  We developed camaraderie through team building exercises. Speaker Craig Hillier of Winning Edge Seminars (http://craighillier.com) discussed ways to build team unity, implement conflict resolution, and how to mentor teammates as they deal with difficult situations. [...]

NIC-10 Red Ribbon Leadership Conference2018-09-17T15:59:12+00:00

Step up, future leaders!

2018-09-04T13:44:18+00:00

I had the opportunity to write and record a piece for WNIJ (the local NPR affiliate) and their Perspectives program.  I spoke about the importance of youth engagement.  Give it a listen. Here is the text: In today's world, the ongoing discord in “grown-up” national politics is becoming more pronounced, with an ever-shrinking middle ground and fewer common goals. A fresh point of view can alter the playing field and provide positive change. This is a call to action for all young people to get involved in any capacity. Winnebago County Chairman Frank Haney, Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara and [...]

Step up, future leaders!2018-09-04T13:44:18+00:00

Rockford to vote on Home rule

2018-09-04T13:38:14+00:00

At the City Council meeting held December 4th, the alderman voted to put home rule on the ballot for 2018. What does this mean? Well home rule in the United States refers to the ability of the local government of a constituent part of a state, such as a city or county, to exercise political power and make decisions on local affairs on their own as long as they adhere to state and federal rules. Basically, Rockford would be able to make fiscal and social decisions on their own. Talks about Rockford becoming home ruled have been on the rise over [...]

Rockford to vote on Home rule2018-09-04T13:38:14+00:00

What it means to be politically active

2018-09-04T13:38:59+00:00

I have had the opportunity to volunteer in a campaign again. The mayoral election for Rockford is coming up and I have been canvassing for Tom McNamara, the Democratic candidate. This is the second time I have given my time to a political campaign. Although I am only a teenager, I think I have had some meaningful experiences. But what do these experiences mean? How is knocking on doors helping someone like me? The youth are the future. Everybody knows this, yet our nation's government has seemed to have forgotten the important needs and wants of young people. We, the youth, as a demographic, need to [...]

What it means to be politically active2018-09-04T13:38:59+00:00