Volunteering with Peggy

Giving back – a day volunteering at the Young Women’s Leadership Network

 “At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” – Denzel Washington

The Young Women’s Leadership Network (YWLN) supports two life-changing programs that empower students to break the cycle of poverty through education:  A high-performing network of all-girls public secondary schools and a comprehensive college access program. Their vision is to provide girls growing up in low-income communities with a high-quality college preparatory education modeled upon the finest private schools. 

Our group of volunteers spent the day with Peggy Klaus, a sought-after Communication Expert & Bestselling Author, to teach the girls of the YWLN how to effectively and authentically communicate and how to tell their story in a conversational manner that appeals to people’s hearts and minds. The iconic halls of New York’s Columbia University provided the perfect setting.

 2018 marked my 4thyear of volunteering. Every time I’m around the students is hugely inspiring for me. I love seeing the girls getting out of their comfort zones, learning and growing. Being there for them, sharing my story of how I made my dream come true and giving them guidance and tips for their future is truly rewarding.

We, as volunteers, want to be the inspiring role models for the girls and show them what’s possible. And, at the same time, share how they can overcome the barriers and myths we grew up with. Doing a good job and waiting for people to notice, is simply not enough in today’s competitive world. It is critical for all of us to learn and practice how we market ourselves in a positive way.

My hope is that I did not only empower the next generation of female leaders but also sparked your motivation to give back. 

Here’s how you can benefit from volunteering:

  • Expand your network. You meet new, like-minded people, who want to give back and make a difference.
  • Learn new skills. You learn new skills, such as communication skills, problem solving or adaptability.
  • Build self-confidence. You step outside your comfort zone and take action to build your confidence.
  • Be a Role Model and gain leadership experience. You are faced with new challenges and get to step up.
  • Create new opportunities. You advance your goals and improve your career prospects.

Keep Rocketing Your Life, Sabina 



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