A Personal Reflection on LC 2015 by Members of the YLC!
I liked the performance from Marlana and I enjoyed all of the speakers. When I was a speech coach, it was a good thing. Leadership Conference gets more awesome every year. It is the best Leadership Conference. It does not need to change because all the new people that attend Conference improve it by bringing their awesomeness with them to the conference. It is a tool of knowledge that makes you a leader. My experience at Leadership Conference was awesome. I loved it every minute. It was my 8th time going. I loved the dance and all of the things I mentioned before!
By: Lyle Freeman
My second Leadership Conference experience was just as, if not more, amazing than the first. I was so unbelievably lucky to have the opportunity to come back, this time as a member of the Young Leaders Council. Upon arrival, I felt as if I were home, yet I had only been at the conference once prior. The atmosphere evokes a welcoming, familial feeling. One of my many favorite parts of the conference was the Opening Ceremony. The performances were incredibly moving and goose-bump inducing. The overall energy is honestly indescribable. I could physically feel the warm energy and love radiating as the erupting applause filled the auditorium. I absolutely loved being surrounded by thousands of people who share the same unwavering passion for Best Buddies that I do. Being in a room filled with such kindness and devotion shows the boundless expanse of Best Buddies. It shows me just how extensive the dedication to the beautiful cause spans. You feel like you’re part of something bigger.
Best Buddies has grown substantially and is continuing to grow each and every day. The presentations were extremely informative and inspiring. I learned so much from the classes I took last year, so having the opportunity to help facilitate sessions to teach others was another one of my favorite parts of the weekend. Being able to give a helping hand to make the Best Buddies magic happen was so rewarding. I also adore everyone that I met throughout the weekend. I met the most genuine, enthusiastic, driven individuals that I am now lucky enough to call my friends. Being part of the YLC is amazing because I feel even more connected to the wonderful cause that is Best Buddies. I hope to inspire others to get more involved with Best Buddies, the cause that changed my life. The closing of the weekend is bittersweet: saying goodbye to such an inspiring weekend is quite difficult, yet the memories and lessons learned will resonate with me forever.
By: Shayna DelVeccio