Queensborough 2011

 

Queensborough Team

In spring 2011 the Queensborough ASAP Leadership Program team participated in a series of workshops led by the CUNY Creative Arts Team (CAT).  Here's what they had to say about the experience:

 

 

Thinking back on the CAT Leadership Program workshops you’ve participated in, what has been your favorite activity so far—and why did you like it?

 

“I liked the last group session we had where we acted out scenes of conflict and then acted out a scene of the solution to said conflict.”

               ~ Kenny Ayala

 

“I enjoyed the activity of the Urban Ball. Tapping the white ball to each other as a group was a fun and strategic way of communicating as leaders.” –

               ~ Jason Castillo

 

 “I loved the game where we walked around the room and had to all stop at the same time without talking, which taught me how to have trust in people, and to see who brings out the leaders in them.”

               ~ Stephanie Jerome

 

“The ice breaker was a great game and helped me feel comfortable with the people I did not know. It was all about finding out who has things in common with one other.” 

               ~ Cicely Scott

 


 

What have you learned from the workshops?

 

“I learned how important it is to listen to others’ views and opinions.  It helped me to deal with the members in my group and helped to make our ASAP community event successful.”                      

               ~ Cicely Scott


“I have learned that you can learn a lot from working as a team and listening to each other’s ideas in developing as an effective leader.”

               ~ Jason Castillo

 

“I was reminded of leadership qualities and how any good trait can be used towards leadership.  I learned to adapt quickly to other people and use that quick adaptation to work effectively with them in my group.”

               ~ Kenny Ayala

 

“How to be part of a team, ways to become a great leader, and the concept of communicating with people as a leader.”

               ~ Stephanie Jerome


“Actually, what I learned from working in my group helped me work well with others in the workshops. My group was a foundation that helped me worked well with others.”

               ~ Evy Gonzalez 

 


 

How would you describe the workshops to a friend or family member?  What makes them unique?

 

 “They are really fun and give you insight on what it is like to be a leader and work as a team with other people. What makes it different is the lightness of it. It readies you for these types of situations in school/ work, but without making you feel the pressure. It eases you in, so to speak.”

               ~ Evy Gonzalez

 

“The workshops help you to learn problem-solving skills.  Many people do not have these skills and the workshops helped you acquire them.”

               ~ Cicely Scott


“The CAT workshops have fun and interactive activities that relate to leadership. You learn a lot from your fellow group members and others from different schools about being a leader. The workshops help you learn how to contribute to your leadership team as you work towards creating a successful ASAP community event.”

               ~ Jason Castillo

 

“They’re different; they’re creative and allow you to experience realistic scenarios that can happen to anyone.  They allow you to see different perspectives and to be open to people, which is what a leader should do.”

               ~ Kenny Ayala

 

“Just doing the workshops was a great life experience as we got to meet new people and have a common goal and work towards it.”

               ~ Stephanie Jerome




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

 

“In my mind, I will act out different scenarios of a situation and choose the most effective route to move forward in all situations presented to me.”

               ~ Kenny Ayala

 

“I will and have applied the workshops to every aspect of my life. I have learned to work better with others, and have become more assertive, while not letting my home life get in the way of my work/school life.”

               ~ Evy Gonzalez

 

“Just remembering the advice that I was given from the workshops, I will become a better person in general.”

               ~ Stephanie Jerome

 

“I’ve learned that there will always be a time when I need to take the time to listen to my fellow collogues and solve problems.” 

               ~ Cicely Scott


“Any time in my life, I will use these leadership skills that I have learned in the workshops to improve myself as an individual and as a leader for others.”

               ~ Jason Castillo

 


 

How have the CAT workshops impacted your Leadership Program team?  Have they changed the way you interact, how well you know one another, and/or what you think you’ll be able to accomplish as a group?

 

“The CAT workshops impacted my leadership team in a positive way. We were able to communicate better with each other. They helped me interact more effectively with my fellow team members and I learned a lot from them as a leader. We were able to accomplish our main goals and produce a successful ASAP Community Fashion Show Event.”

               ~ Jason Castillo

 

“They helped us to feel more comfortable with each other and get to know how people react to things and just had a good impact on our relationships.”

               ~ Stephanie Jerome

 

“Everyone in my leadership team learned to be better communicators. We all are going to use our skills we learned for the rest of our lives, not only in school but also in work and everyday life.  The CAT workshops also helped me to get along with my team better and to understand everyone else’s feelings and understand their views as well.”

               ~ Cicely Scott