Testimonials written by former leaders of the CCSR youth empowerment program

Tyler L.

Through my time in the CCSR, I learned that there are so many people who want to make the  world a better place and who are motivated to take action. We hear a lot of bad things about  people (especially the younger generations) and what I have realized is that kids these days are  not lazy, they are not just self-concerned, and they make immense contributions to our  community, our society, and our world. I learned that I had the power to make a change, which  something I feel a lot of people (including my previous self) think is not possible.  

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Joey R.

The CCSR has meant the world to me over these past two years. Prior to joining there was an  excessive amount of self-reflection of my life that felt more like self-punishment. I was ashamed  to be someone who had nothing to show as their contribution to the world, a crushing feeling,  even as a 15-year-old. When I was introduced to the CCSR I realized there was a path to  improving the world that was not only accessible within my school, but also provided a sense of  community which I craved.

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David M.

Being a CCSR leader, I think it has really taught me how to communicate and work on real life  scenarios in problem solving, but also project managing. Being able to network, but also apply  my classroom skills in real life situations. Going into high school, I was an extremely socially  awkward and unaware kid. Joining DECA, and CCSR for me are really my true testimonials for  me to grow emotionally. I’ve learned about how others live in certain conditions and how others  suffer, family problems and other issues that affect my classmates or acquaintances.

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Noelani L.

Through the CCSR, I learned that, contrary to how I used to feel, and how I’m sure many others  still do, young people really can make a difference in this world. Maybe it will just start with the  community, but it’s a start. Students in the past have done amazing, impactful projects and I have  realized I can, and want to, do a project like those. The CCSR doesn’t just benefit our community but also creates an environment among students  where we all support each other in projects and elsewhere.

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Aidan B.

One of the biggest things that I have learned about myself from being in the CCSR is how  important being a part of a community is to me. I have always wanted to join an organization  such as the CCSR and service has always been an important role in my life, but I did not realize  how much the positive community that the CCSR has created would impact me every day. The  CCSR has helped me grow emotionally because it has provided me with a support system, and a  group of people that will always be there for me, and it has made my weekdays feel much more  fulfilling.

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Colin B.

From being in the CCSR for the past 3 years, I learned what it means to truly be a member of the  community and what it means to be a good citizen. I learned that although times can be rough,  you can always make things better if you look for the silver lining of things. The CCSR helped me grow emotionally by teaching me how to be sympathetic and caring for  all. Prior to my entrance to the organization, I thought I had a general understanding of caring for  my community, but upon entrance, I realized how much it meant and I find myself wanting to  help more now than ever. 

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Liana C.

From the CCSR, I learned that there are several ways I could help my community without it  having to be massive projects. The CCSR helped me learn that the little things matter. I learned  projects were more enjoyable with others. CCSR helped me grow emotionally by giving me a way to give back to my community. It’s  allowed me to connect with more people and learn about new things. Working to make the world a better place to live felt really good. It felt fulfilling helping others,  and I loved being able to make a change in their lives. 

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