Middle school students in the new Crosby Scholars Leadership Council serve as the face of Crosby Scholars in the community. The Leadership Council was developed during COVID and gave students an opportunity to interact and meet other students virtually while we sheltered in place.
“We worked to engage our students to continue their development while in isolation and after schools shut down,” said Mona Lovett, Crosby Scholars President & CEO.
All rising 8th-graders who have been in the Program since 6th grade were invited to apply for the position, and 62 students representing 19 middle schools have joined the Council. The young leaders serve as volunteer staff to promote Crosby Scholars. They will be in photos, videos and public relations materials to share the Crosby Scholars story.
Crosby Scholars has committed to provide the Leadership Council members with additional leadership training and development throughout the school year. Members of the Leadership Council participated in a 1-hour Zoom training session where they reviewed the Crosby Scholars purpose and vision and learned about their responsibilities.
Leadership Council members will be an active and visible presence within their peer group and larger community, said Middle School Program Coordinator Tara Stokes. In September, members of the Leadership Council picked up their bags of Crosby swag: a Leadership Council T-shirt, Crosby recruitment yard signs and stickers, and Crosby-branded string bags, frisbees and stress balls.
Nina Howards, an 8th-grader at Paisley IB middle school, joined the Leadership Council to broaden her horizons and gain experiences with leadership.
“Crosby Scholars has helped me realize the importance of community service,” Howards said. “It has also taught me about goals and time management.”
As an 8th grader, she has not set her sights on one particular college, however, she hopes to study psychology or teaching.
Jahari Miller, an 8th-grader at Clemmons Middle School, joined Crosby Scholars in 6th grade because of opportunities it offers for community service and to earn future scholarships to college.
“I felt like it would be a great opportunity for me to help people out,” Miller said. “It helps me with my leadership capabilities, getting out in the world and seeing different people’s perspectives. I’ll try to help to recruit people to join Crosby Scholars.”
He is co-captain of the track team, and he looks forward to developing his leadership capabilities even further. His three dream colleges are Clemson, Duke and N.C. A&T State University. He would like to become a pediatrician.
Miller’s mother, Frenetta Miller, said that she appreciates the opportunities Jahari has experienced through Crosby Scholars and African American Males Pursuing Educational Dreams (AAMPED) that connects him to successful African American male role models.
“I like the volunteering aspect,” she said, and her son, does, too. “He likes the feeling of giving back.”