2012 La Guardia Leadership Team


Achieving Success After Progression


2012 La Guardia Leadership Team

Lavie Margolin (Facilitator), Patrich Watkins, Estefania Hernandez









Project Description

International and undocumented students have a hard time paying tuition and accessing financial aid and scholarships. Achieving Success After Progression is a talent show and workshop designed to raise awareness for undocumented, high school, and international students. Participants will hear success stories from guest speakers and receive scholarship information to lead them in the path to success.


Project Date

May 24, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.












What did you learn from the process of planning and executing your team project?


Patrich: If you don’t listen to others' opinions then there won’t be any team work involved. Accountability is a must.

Estefania: Each member must be assigned a role and stay true to their role in order to have an organized and successful event.








What was your favorite part of working on your team project?


Patrich: Finding the talents and the public speakers. The thrill of managing time while working two jobs and maintaining my schoolwork all at once.

Estefania: Spreading awareness of a political issue that is currently affecting college students.








Do you think your team reached its goals in planning and executing your project?


Patrich: Some were met but there’s always room for improvement.  It was difficult with just two people but we managed to stick it through.

Estefania: It was difficult to achieve our desired goals for the event with just two members but in the end the event still managed to be a success.









What’s been your favorite thing about being in the ASAP Leadership Program?

Patrich: The opportunity to become a leader and create a project once again as an ambassador.

Estefania: My favorite thing about the ASAP Leadership Program was that the CUNY Creative Arts Team (CAT) provided me with the skills to become a leader for others.






Were there any parts of your project that didn’t go as planned?  If so, how did you deal with the unexpected or difficult moments, and did you learn anything from them?


Estefania: There were a lot of performers for our talent show making it a tight schedule. We were running over our time limit, but in the end we managed to wrap up the event by going over five minutes. I believe that next time we should only get a limited amount of performers.






What impact has the ASAP Leadership Program had on you as a student and as a person?

Patrich: I’ve learned how to work on independent tasks and where to go if I need help and who to reach out to. We have a great mentor representing LaGuardia Community College.  Also, it has made me feel more proud of myself when I meet my goals and to see how people appreciate what I do on campus.


Estefania: I learned how to communicate effectively with members of a group. I also learned that being a leader  can foster people's awareness by joining them together in an event. This has helped me appreciate interaction and communication with others.







How will you apply the lessons or skills you’ve learned through participating in this experience—in the classroom, in your career, and/or in your life in general?

Patrich: I will try to volunteer for next year's ASAP Leadership Program and help the staff members mentor new students and watch how they grow, just as I did.  I will keep these skills embedded in me and create my own project in the community outside of the ASAP Leadership Program.

Estefania: The leadership skills I learned will definitely be applied in my future studies and career since I know have  knowledge of the importance of communicating and engaging in a group.








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