ALL youth class projects aim to benefit the community

LIMA — One of the fundamental philosophies of the Rotary Club is the idea of ​​seeking to benefit others, and at Monday’s meeting, the Rotary Club of Lima heard from several area high school students hoping to benefit their community.

The students were at the Rotary Club meeting at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center to mark their graduation from the Allen Lima Leadership (ALL) Youth Class 2021-2022. This group, representing Allen County High Schools, not only gained a better understanding of Allen County, but also learned what it takes to become a leader in their community.

“My goal was to learn leadership skills,” said Shawnee sophomore Rose Kottapalli. “I wanted to use this as a springboard to learn how I can personally improve our Lima community. I want to be able to implement the skills I learned through ALL and my previous experiences.

Part of this experience in this class was creating a project to benefit the community and creating a proposal to present to the Rotary Club. This class of 27 students was divided into three groups, each developing their own project and then advocating for a $2,500 Rotary Club scholarship to use as start-up funds. The projects were Project HOPE, which aims to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities; Team BRAKE’D, which promotes safe driving practices for young drivers; and Kind Minds, which addresses mental health issues like depression and anxiety through an app that assesses a user’s mental and emotional state and connects that person to resources when needed.

“Their ability to start a potential project from inception to completion is truly transformative,” said Matt Childers, executive director of Allen Lima Leadership. “It went from just an idea to what you saw today, and it will be very useful for them in their careers, with this teamwork and teamwork.”

The winning project, Project HOPE, tackles an issue close to Kottapalli’s heart.

“It will be an organization, not for profit, to help students with disabilities better integrate into the community at a time when they need it most,” she said. “I volunteered at Camp Robin Rogers this summer, and saw how important it is to develop relationships, and they don’t have the opportunity during the school year, so we wanted to give them something that will allow them to have similar relationship experiences.”

Billy Bourk and his teammates presented the Lima Rotary Club with their non-profit idea, Project HOPE Project HOPE is a concept created by the team that would help people with disabilities become more accepted in the community.

Contact Craig Kelly at 567-242-0391 or on Twitter @cmkelly419.

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