RYLA Staff Applications

Jadyn Brooks

Gender – Female

Position(s) Applying For – Junior Counselor (Open to anyone who has attended RYLA as a camper), Photographer (Open to anyone who has attended RYLA as a camper)

Year Participated in RYLA – 2019

Times You’ve Served as Junior Counselor – 1

Home Phone – 308.340.1034

Work Phone – [695]

Cell Phone – [683]

College Phone – 13083502116

E-mail – jadyn.brooks20@gmail.com

City, State – bartley, NE

School City, State – Lincoln, NE

Why do you want serve in the positions you’ve selected?

Serving as a junior counselor last year taught me how to be a better leader and to effectively communicate with other leaders of all ages. The group that I lead last year was a brilliant group of kids that left a lasting impact on my life. While I was supposed to lead them through the camp, at times they lead each other and even myself. I loved seeing them grow their leadership skills and confidence in themselves, I hope to do that same thing again.

How has your experience as RYLA participante impacted you?

I will never forget RYLA as a camper and a counselor. I went in not knowing what to expect and each time, I came out a better person. As a camper, I learned to break out of my comfort zone and to trust what I have learned in life. As a junior counselor last year, I realized to be an effective leader and individual in life, we have to look at multiple perspectives and sometimes look at things from a different point of view that we may not be comfortable in. We never know what someone else is going through in life, which taught me to take time to sit down and have a genuine conversation to get to know someone.

How do you feel you can contribute and grow RYLA?

I feel that I can offer different perspectives that others might not think about. As a former camper and counselor, I have talked to multiple individuals with various backgrounds which have helped me learn how to discuss certain topics with people. Additionally, I feel leadership can best be fostered in an environment with only slight control. I encourage students and give them little “nudges” if they need it, otherwise, I like to sit back and let them grow independently. Last year I did this same thing and my campers left totally different people, which was inspiring to say the least.

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