2019 Palmer Award Winner

What a joy it is to announce the recipient of this year’s Palmer Award! Please meet and congratulate TahLea Wright!IMG_0616 2

TahLea is a student at Moravian College (PA) and attended the 2018 national session of the Institute in Massachusetts. TahLea’s vision work in the year that has passed since she attended the Institute has focused primarily on empowering students, with special attention to young women of color, to step into leadership and advocacy.

TahLea has engaged in her work on the local level as a Summer Youth Program Coordinator in 2018 and 2019 through the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley with the responsibility of co-creating a leadership and service program for area high school students. In 2018, the focus of the program was Homelessness and Food Insecurity in the Lehigh Valley and TahLea engaged the participants in the program through interactive activities, guest speakers from local non-profit organizations, leadership exercises, and a service project. This program lead to the creation of the Youth Volunteer Council at her college. The mission of this council is to be the premier resource that coordinators and connects a diverse culture of youth to community service within the Greater Lehigh Valley. In 2019, the summer program included a World Café event, giving the students the opportunity to be in round table conversations with non-profit representatives from five different organizations. For a glimpse of how the program unfolded, take a look at a video that TahLea created about the week.

Through the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Moravian College, TahLea had the opportunity to serve as a THRIVE Peer Mentor. Not only did she support her two mentees transition to college and through their first year of college, she was there for them when they applied to serve as mentors themselves. Good news – they were both selected!

IMG_10211Working on the goLEAD program has given TahLea valuable experience toward her longer-term goal of creating a national after school program pairing elementary and middle school students with high school and college student mentors. And her involvement as a THRIVE Peer Mentor has provided a direct line to young women of color, a community that TahLea cares deeply about. TahLea is also Vice President of Gamma Sigma Sigma, a national all-inclusive service sorority, and was named the Outstanding Sophomore Leader of the Year through Omicon Delta Kappa.

Ultimately TahLea wants people to know that they can be successful, feel cared for and loved for who they are, and to believe that they can make a difference as leaders and advocates. We can’t wait to see what is next for TahLea and her vision work!

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Palmer Award

Attention 2018 Institute graduates!

We are excited to announce that the Palmer Award application is live and ready for you.

The Palmer Award is provided each year to LeaderShape graduates who have participated in a national or campus-based session of the Institute during the previous year (2018). The award is given to recognize the achievements of those individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to bringing their vision to reality after attending their session. LSH-all-banners-LO-RES-9

The Palmer Award began as an endowment gift donated to the Alpha Tau Omega Foundation in 1991 by Dr. Edmund T. Palmer, Jr. This year the fund will provide a $800.00 award to a 2018 graduate of the Institute who has made great strides toward their vision.

Individuals eligible to apply for this award must have attended and completed a session of the Institute in 2018 and can apply for the award here.

Applications are due by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, October 6, 2019. 
Questions can be directed to Kristen at kbh@leadershape.org.

The LeaderShape Mobile App

We can hardly believe that we have launched a LeaderShape mobile app for iOS and Android! Never before have we had such an opportunity to stay connected beyond our programs.AppPhonePhoto

We are particularly excited to come together through the app to continue building positive leadership habits and support one another as we each do our part to create the just, caring, and thriving world that we dream of. Here are just a few ways that you can be a part of it all.

Scroll the feed and find…

  • pictures of Institute participants and their visions,
  • introductions to the LeaderShape staff,
  • content on specific learning topics.

Engage with what LeaderShape is sharing by…

  • experimenting with the habits we encourage,
  • making time for the reflections we offer,
  • liking and commenting on our posts.

Create your own posts such as…

  • Grappling with a problem? Ask for input.
  • Have a great resource to share? Post it.
  • Is something in particular inspiring you lately? Pass it on.
  • Want to give a shout out to someone doing awesome? Spread the word on the app.

If you haven’t joined us yet, you can download the LeaderShape app for Android and for iOS today.