Next up in our teen authored Summer Blog Series, we’ll hear from Arly MackRosen, one of our Derek M. Sheckman Teen Leadership Award recipients for the 2018-2019 school year. In the true spirit of the Award, Arly took one of her passions and used it to impact our community, learning something important about herself along the way!
“For my Derek Sheckman award project, I definitely wanted to incorporate cooking because it is something I enjoy and connect to my Jewish identity. So, for my project, I planned a cooking night that met regularly. At these events, I gathered other teens from middle and high school to help cook foods connected to our Jewish culture. I wanted to give the food to people less fortunate, so I decided to donate it all to My Brother‘s Table in Lynn. The first session we made rugelach, the second time we baked hamantaschen, then macaroons, and finally, kugels.
The Derek Sheckman award made me feel recognized for my community service, but more importantly, taught me about being a leader. Before doing this, I never thought of myself as a leader. Now, I know that I am very capable of leading a group and not just being led. I was able to use the leadership skills I learned at JTI‘s spring service day and in school projects. Since doing my Sheckman project, I am more self-confident in my ability to be in front of and lead a group of my peers.”
Arly lives in Marblehead and will graduate from Marblehead High School with the class of 2020.