Meet the Interns: Clivane

A new intern has joined the LeaderShape team, ready to contribute to our community engagement work. We’re happy to introduce you to Clivane…

IMG_5125Hi! My name is Clivane Previlon (@clivaneprevilon) and I am entering my final year at York University in Ontario, Canada. I created my own major of study through an Individualized Studies program, so I specialize in communications at York University’s bilingual Glendon Campus. I currently work as a Media & Communications Ambassador at Student Community & Leadership Development at York U and my on-campus involvement ranges from volunteer work, internships and student organizations like Lean In and Her Campus. As an aspiring communications professional, I love writing, editing, social media, video editing and graphic design. When I’m not writing, I am reading and when I’m not reading, I love exploring the city and hanging out with my best friends.

How did you get connected to LeaderShape?12304533_10156283522185652_4185967225000681397_o
I had the opportunity to attend the Institute in October 2015 and Day 7 left me with so many questions! Luckily, my questions were answered in the weeks following my return from the Institute as I talked and blogged about my experience. I continued to stay connected with LeaderShape’s social media and through the Daily Inspiration emails. It was on the Facebook page that I first heard about the Marketing Intern opportunity and the rest was history!

What is something from your involvement from LeaderShape that you continue to apply or work towards in your life?
My GAG (Going Against my Grain habit) from the Institute became my #OneWord365 for 2016! This year, I decided to live by the word VULNERABILITY. As a self-reliant, private introvert, I’ve always shied away from vulnerability in my leadership. Now as a graduate of the Institute, I strive to embrace vulnerability every day. As a result, I find that my relationships are deeper and I feel strengthened by the support I have received from others.

We know you have a pretty full schedule. If you were given a completely free day, with no obligations, what would you do?
I’d head to the bookstore to buy some new books, and then spend the day in my happy place:  lounging with books and snacks in my backyard.

Anything else you want to add?
Whoever you are, whatever work you do and whatever you are going through right now, please remember to “celebrate the small victories.” This is something my roommate taught me at the Institute and it is applicable to your struggles and your successes. Take time to realize how far you’ve come. Practice self care. Express gratitude. You may have 99 problems, but you probably have at least 999 things to celebrate and be thankful for <3.

Palmer Award: Finalist Spotlight, Part 1

Each year, through the Palmer Award application process, we learn about amazing LeaderShapers who are out doing good work. Earlier this month we announced the 2015 recipient, Carolina Ruggero. Now we’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the work of this year’s group of finalists. Here are two of the six Palmer Award finalists:

Let’s introduce Anastasia Ostrowski from the University of Michigan.

Anastasia is eager for students to be exposed to engineering principles as early as elementary school. She wants to inspire and encourage students to to pursue engineering. Towards that effort, she and her friend Anya have partnered to become co-directors of Elementary Engineering Partnerships (EEP). They are constructing curriculum that will introduce students to important engineering concepts such as collaboration, problem identification, design brainstorming and evaluation, and idea communication.

Anastasia and EEP have established a partnership with Ann Arbor STEAM School (A2STEAM), recruited 16 undergraduate students representing seven fields of engineering, and received funding from the University of Michigan’s Center for Entrepreneurship Jumpstart Grant program. They are launching their program with 4th and 5th grade classrooms at A2STEAM.


Another of our finalists is David Chen, from York University in Canada. David is davidchenpassionate that no youth, in particular those battling depression, be uninspired to overcome their hurdles.

David and a group of 12 like-minded people from across Ontario have come together to create the organization You Inspire Youth. The team works to inspire young people around the world through “capturing people’s stories through cinematic interviews.”

You can find You Inspire Youth’s videos on their YouTube page. And you can view on video right here: