27 Lessons I Learned At VOX

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In July, we said “goodbye for now” to Delbria Walton, our MSW Intern and Program Assistant for the 2016-17 year. We are incredibly grateful for Delbria and the way she invested her time, energy, talents and love into this place. We were sad to see her go, but once a VOXer, always a VOXer! 

In honor of the approximately 27 Saturdays Delbria spent at VOX over the past year, she wanted to share 27 lessons she learned:

27 things I’ve learned during my time at VOX…

  1. Always ask for help if you need it.
  2. I am making an impact even if I don’t always feel like I am.
  3. You learn more as a guide on the side than as a sage on the stage.
  4. It is okay to not know.
  5. Always be open to feedback.
  6. Keep trying Willy’s until you find something you like.
  7. Youth development is not a one size fits all.
  8. You’re not helping anyone if you’re not your best self.
  9. Transition is necessary, so make it good.
  10. I still have so much more to learn.
  11. I am in the right space (this is what I am supposed to be doing).
  12. Listen to the teens.
  13. Having a safe space can be the difference for youth.
  14. The energy at VOX is unlike anything that I’ve ever experienced before.
  15. Always listen.
  16. Having youth at the table is so important and necessary.
  17. Laughing is the best.
  18. A 20-minute conversation about music, good books, food, and astrology can rejuvenate your day.
  19. Always ask if anybody needs anything from downstairs.
  20. Teens know a lot more than we give them credit for.
  21. You can’t look at someone and tell their story.
  22. Passion is something no one in this office lacks and it bleeds through into everything you do.
  23. I love this place.
  24. Be as transparent as possible.
  25. When we say, “VOX amplifies youth voice”, we acknowledge that they have a voice instead of saying “we are giving youth a voice”.
  26. The wrong leadership can transform the vision of an organization, and the right leadership can make it soar.
  27. I have found a place where I have grown, learned and found a place that felt like a home away from home.

Car Selfie

We’ll miss you, Delbria!


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