WIN for KC Youth Advisory Board a great opportunity for area high school female student-athletes

YAB-TennisMy name is Amabelle Palomares and I am currently the co-chair of the WIN for KC Youth Advisory Board (YAB) for the 2014-2015 school year. I am a senior at Notre Dame de Sion High School, an all-girls college preparatory school. I have been involved with the WIN for KC Youth Advisory Board for two years, and I have been participating in WIN for KC events my entire high school career.

Unlike last year, the WIN for KC Advisory Board thought we should make a few structural changes in order to breathe life into the YAB and fully immerse the girls into WIN for KC. This year, YAB decided to get more involved with the organization. We also elected co-chairs, who could take up many responsibilities like communication, meeting outreach, and just be peers who the other members could go to for guidance or suggestion in the board.

WINYAB-YogaThus far, the implementation of the other co-chair, Grace, has proven to be very effective. Grace and I have heard from many girls that having someone their own age, not only makes communication through the text line GroupMe easier, but opens up a whole new window for suggestions.

We have also implemented committees for each WIN for KC event. For each event, one or two girls holds a leadership position and governs their groups and creates new ideas to share with the board. Our committees consists of Camp WIN, the WIN for KC Women’s Triathlon, and the upcoming WIN for KC Women’s Sports Awards Celebration Luncheon on February 12. A few ideas the committee has been working on for the Luncheon are: designing T-shirts, assigning jobs, and sending information to the invitees. Overall, the committees have put in immense amount of hard work and dedication and I am very proud of all of their accomplishments. It is very nice to see your peers excel at what they put their minds to.

I am so thankful to get to gather with these girls once a month and see their determination to get their said tasks done with my own eyes. This group has so much to be proud of in the short amount of time we’ve been in session. I’m hopeful for the future, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for the Youth Advisory Board.

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By Amabelle Palomares, WIN for KC Youth Advisory Co-Chair