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Sabina + Kicha Go to the Youth Leadership Summit



Story by Patience Adegboyega ’16

Above, Sabina Mercado and Kicha Pinthiere pose with College Crusade staff members Josh Corria and Justin Roias at the 2018 Youth Leadership Summit, sponsored in July by the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships (NCCEP) in Washington, D.C. The Summit brings together high school students nationwide to learn how to identify and maximize their leadership skills, create a national network of peers, and receive the tools and training to make positive change happen in their communities and around the world.

Sabina and Kicha represented Rhode Island at the Summit. We asked them to share their takeaways from the experience.

“Attending the Summit was a valuable experience because I learned different skills, heard different stories from motivational speakers, and met so many amazing people from all across the country,” said Kicha. “It was a great experience. Overall, I’ve gained the ability to not let fear take control of my life. At the Summit I realized that in life, there are many different ways of becoming successful. Just because you can’t achieve something one way, doesn’t mean you give up. There’s always another way.”

“It was eye opening seeing the people from different backgrounds who managed to get along despite their differences,” said Sabina. “It made me more aware that there is so much out there. Being a Crusader prepared me for the Summit because I’m used to going to programs with students from different schools and having to work together. Meeting different people is one of the best ways to educate yourself.”

Kicha is a rising senior at Central High School and a member of the College Crusade high school leadership council. She spends a lot of her time with organizations like Youth in Action and Spread the Love, working with others to both discuss and act upon the issues that affect society. Sabina is a rising senior at Woonsocket High School, where she serves as the National Honor Society public relations officer, a member of the math team, and a peer mentor. She also participates on the soccer and indoor/outdoor track teams.

We are so proud of Sabina and Kicha and wish them the best of luck as they embark on their senior year!

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