Leadership Starts with Flexibility

by Donna McBride, Pinal County Juvenile Court Program Administrator II

Having patience, accepting change and being flexible are all qualities needed when one is in leadership positions. The new Casa Grande Youth Commission members learned that lesson firsthand during their first official meeting of the 2020-2021 school year in late September.

The group customarily holds a two-day retreat to welcome new members and plan out activities for the year so they can hit the ground running. Instead, they compromised to a one-day meeting sitting 6 feet apart with masks on in order to follow CDC guidelines due to COVID-19.

Under the guidance of advisers Councilmembers Matt Herman, Krystal Villegas and Kendra Bray, this dynamic group of 16 young leaders pushed forward to coordinate how they would be navigating the next school year.

Collectively, they represent six different schools in our community.

Congratulations to the new Youth Commission — no doubt our community will be hearing more about this energetic group of youth leaders!

Alora Linehan — President (Casa Grande Union High School)
Delaney Dickey — Vice President (Vista Grande High School)
Anthony Amado — Secretary (Legacy Traditional)
Allison Wong — Treasurer (Casa Grande Union High School)
Chloe Torres — PR/Historian (Casa Grande Union High School)

Raenelle Allado (Casa Grande Union High School)
Gracie Annala (Casa Grande Union High School)
Evan Chaparro (Vista Grande High School)
Madyson Comeau (Vista Grande High School)
Ramon Gonzales (Grande Innovation Academy)
Mia Jackson (Casa Grande Union High School)
Tiaret Lewis (Casa Grande Union High School)
Emma Mabee (ASU Preparatory Academy)
Landon Moglia (Cactus Middle School)
Iris Moreno (Cactus Middle School)
Melanie Nagel (Vista Grande High School)