Being the Vice President of my school’s UNICEF club, I have an extensive understanding of challenges the developing world faces today. Taken aback by how the importance of basic eye care is obscure to most people, I started a club with the vision of helping organizations provide basic eye care to developing countries and to raise awareness. Recruiting members that shared the same passion and interests as me was critical, and I learned how to build a team of individuals with unique skill sets that could each make their own valuable contributions to maximize our club’s productivity. I built and maintained partnerships with leader organizations in the community, participating in charity work such as a glasses drive with TWECS. I am responsible for initiating and planning activities such as our fundraiser with Krispy Kreme products. Throughout this fundraiser, I learned that a leader’s key role lies in maintaining their member’s motivation and willingness to take initiative. I discovered that my members were much more proactive when I set a number of boxes as a goal for each to achieve individually and subsequently following up with each of them to offer aid if necessary.
As a result of consistent progress and corresponding increasing team morale, we exceeded our target. With part of our club’s mission being raising awareness, I implemented booths at school events to inspire action in our peers. This has strengthened my communication skills as I am more adept in influencing those who would otherwise be indifferent. I learned that educating peers and helping them relate to those that have difficulty seeing is the most effective.
My work with iCare has taught me that a leader’s responsibility is to take care of other member’s jobs, and to provide guidance and a clear direction that leads the team towards fulfilling our vision. It also means taking the additional time and effort to fill gaps where things fall short, and to maintain an unwavering passion and dedication that sets an example for my club members.