A New Family by Sylvia Phillips (YLA '18)

posted by: Beth Erskine
Last Updated: 25 September 2017
Created: 15 September 2017


Camp was quite scary at first. Being surrounded by 35 unfamiliar faces and having to get deeply personal real fast was more than intimidating for me. Yet, these feelings towards camp and Youth Leadership Academy changed rapidly. After only an hour, I confess I never felt more comfortable around complete strangers. Everlasting friendships were built in a span of three days. I am absolutely thrilled to be able to be on this journey of growing and become a stronger leader with them. The memories I made at camp are unforgettable and joining YLA was the one of the wisest decisions I've ever made. 

I learned so much about myself at camp. The crucial skill of self-examination, I believe will enable me to lead others more successfully. It's difficult to be a good leader when you don't know your strengths and weaknesses. I discovered that although my learning style may be different from those around me, we can use our differences to benefit each other. Variety is important. It's necessary to listen to each other despite those differences in order to create a functioning community. Teamwork was a primary factor in all of our victories at camp. I learned that it's okay to need help and that we cannot accomplish all we need to if we persist on doing it alone.

Youth Leadership Academy and the people incorporated with it have already impacted me deeply. I am so privileged to be involved in YLA. I cannot wait to see what is in store for this group as well as myself. I know if we come together as one, lead, and have a servant’s heart we will do great things!


Grow. Serve. Lead.