Guest post by foster youth Amber, a Myron Rolle Wellness and Leadership Academy camper. The camp is part of DCF’s Camps for Champions events for Florida children in foster care. The camps bring foster youth together with nationally recognized athletes and role models.
A leader is someone who motivates others. A leader is a person who has overcome obstacles and teaches others to overcome their struggles. The Myron Rolle Wellness andLeadershipAcademyhas taught me to believe in all of my abilities and to never allow people’s judgment to interfere with my dreams and goals. My Mom, mentors, Team Scott, Myron Rolle, Adam Tallefarro and Pierre Garcon have influenced me in so many ways. From them, I have learned to keep going and to never give up. I can do it. Just keep trying. I will make it.
Guest post from Margie Dotson, a RTS Specialist with United for Families in Central Florida, a DCF Community-Based Care organization. Margie recently volunteered at the Myron Rolle Wellness and Leadership Academy.
As I sit here in reflection and marvel at the tremendous changes that have manifested in the youth we have here and in my co-workers and peers, I am so blessed to not only witness this but to also have another opportunity to impact someone’s life in a positive way!
I am so grateful for this opportunity to help transition adversity into opportunity. For a week I worked side by side with other ordinary people doing ordinary things – one day at a time, for one child at a time – to positively impact children’s lives so that they can make an extra ordinary impact tomorrow!
With tears and sweat running down my face but joy overflowing in my heart, I simply say thank you for allowing me to take this journey for the fourth year! I am one of the few that have had the opportunity to do so!