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Leadership Internship for Teens

INTEGRATIVE HOLISTIC SOLUTIONS for the Community and Workplace

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Leadership Internship for Teens (LIT!)

Why Our Program is Unique

The LIT! program is for teens in grades 9-12. This program provides teens a unique experience to challenge themselves through learning, research, individualized work and team collaboration, project management, and program development.

LIT! prepares teens for the challenging transition to adulthood by providing them with a substantial amount of independence and all of the decision-making that goes with it. Our program teaches teens the fundamental skills they need to thrive in various life situations including colleges and universities, in the workforce, while away at school, and as leaders in their families, communities, and the world.

We teach teens to find solutions by permitting them to make their own choices, assess the outcomes of those choices, and receive constant feedback and coaching support from our team of Leadership Facilitators. In addition, everyone has an opportunity to lead and everyone has an opportunity to follow, while learning life changing skills, both independently and as part of a group.

LIT! is a comprehensive and complete experience that provides teens with the tools they need to obtain success in college and beyond.

LOLK’s LIT! provides teens an opportunity to develop these basic Learning Outcomes:

Community

Teens will be able to:

  • Display an ability to communicate with others
  • Connect and collaborate with others
  • Show empathy and respect differences
  • Give back to others and the community
  • Demonstrate an openness to learning about others
  • Show cross-cultural understanding
  • Build relationships with peers and adults, including those of different backgrounds and experiences

Creativity

Teens will be able to:

  • Think flexibly
  • Innovate
  • Demonstrate an openness to risk-taking
  • Experiment, prototype and test ideas
  • Create original work or responsibly remix existing content to make something new
  • Engage in personal expression

Digital Citizenship

Teens will be able to:

  • Demonstrate technology use that is safe, ethical and responsible
  • Leverage digital tools to broaden their perspective
  • Manage personal information to protect privacy and security
  • Respect intellectual property
  • Think critically about digital tools and their use

Leadership

Teens will be able to:

  • Display self confidence
  • Maintain a positive attitude
  • Exhibit a strong work ethic
  • Show perseverance and work well under pressure
  • Mentor, assist or teach others
  • Provide feedback
  • Inspire others in their own Learning

Learning

Teens will be able to:

  • Demonstrate curiosity
  • Sharpen academic skills (e.g. study skills, research, reasoning)
  • Develop social emotional skills (e.g. self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making)
  • Practice workforce skills (e.g. time management, conflict resolution, problem-solving)
  • Accept feedback and constructive criticism
  • Begin to understand college and/or career opportunities
  • Engage in career planning activities (project management)
  • Understand how to reflect on learning
  • Identify what they are passionate about

Learning

Teens will be able to:

  • Use materials and tools for developmental, educational and recreational needs
  • Express themselves on a variety of platforms
  • Create content to demonstrate meaning
  • Select platforms and tools for communication
  • Articulate their learning to peers and adults

They also have a chance to develop these Core Skills:

Judgement

Teens are given opportunities to make decisions for themselves and to learn how to assess risk. They gain insight into how their actions influence or contribute to how others perceive them.

Self-Awareness

Self-Awareness: They are taught the impact of attitude, tone of voice, inclusiveness, and social skills on their relationships with others. Teens learn to form positive relationships, find balance within the group, and work together effectively as a team.

Leading

Teens learn how to manage and lead groups. They practice leading activities for each other and gradually build on these skills by helping to create community programming, for teens, by teens. They practice public speaking, learn how to get a group’s attention, thoughtfully consider logistics and resource allocation, and create a budget for specific programming designed by the group. They will learn to adapt quickly to changing circumstances and assess what works and what could use qualitative improvements.

We are able to fund this program thanks to Chance The Rapper's non-profit organization, Social Works, and the generous My State of Mind grant they awarded LOLK!

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At LOLK, we believe that every teen and young adult’s potential as a leader is waiting to be unearthed. We believe in motivating and inspiring youth to be great role models, great thinkers, and great civic leaders, who want to and who will make a positive difference in this world. We create amazing positive environments, opportunities, and connections so the teens can discover the leader within themselves.

LIT! Facilitators

Jaz

Jaz


Jaz is a genderqueer healer from the southside of Chicago. They live every day as a ritual to the earth, their ancestors, the universe, their community and themself. A quirky, hula hoopin', curious, strong winded, musical and enthusiastic herbalist, cook, farmer, life artist, and religious tea drinker are just a few words that describe them. They love planting seeds in the earth and in themself. Jaz is passionate about helping folks grow their own seeds in their selves and in the world, believing we are all roses, constantly blooming from the concrete, cultivating our own seeds of liberation.

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Myeka


Myeka (Helen Bevel), was born and raised on the southside of Chicago, IL, but has spent most of her adult life living throughout the United States and Mexico. Myeka is often times called a “Faith Walker” because of her lifestyle that is dependent on her relationship with her Source GOD, who has preserved her through dangers seen and unseen. Myeka is host of a popular Blogtalk radio show on the Female Solution Network, entitled “Let’s Talk About It With, Myeka”, which airs on Tuesday mornings 7 am - 9 am. Myeka, is a co-founder of the Nonviolent Human & Community Development Institute, which was founded in 1978 in Nashville, TN. She is a non-violent practitioner, teacher and advocate who is passionate about self-healing techniques that allow individuals, families and groups of all sizes to erase the scars, traces and traumas of slavery from their emotions, like EFT (the Emotional Freedom Technique) or “Tapping”. She is also a Natural Farmer, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Past-Live Regressionist, Reiki Master, Chi-gong Instructor, Author, and Herbalist. She was a student of the legendary Nonviolent and Civil Rights Strategist and Activist, Dr. James L. Bevel, whom she also married and conceived five children with, having had one child prior to their union. She became a historian of the 1960’s movements and wrote two books about them. She has also authored three additional books designed to educate women about basic biology as it relates to conscious conception and responsibility. Myeka created and designed The Sankofa 365 Calendar, which provides historical data everyday of the year about Black people around the world and African American achievement. She is now working to turn her research from the calendar into an app that can be used to teach history and provide fundraising for schools and other organizations. Myeka is presenting this video on “Tapping” in the hope that people will learn to use it and improve their emotional well-being which is the pre-cursor to good mental and physical health.

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Jason


Jason Bowles is an experienced full life-cycle recruiter with over 8 years working in financial services, education, information technology, sales, engineering, manufacturing, and professional services. He earned his Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from The College of William and Mary and has applied his skills across a variety of industries. He has executed executive searches for TYGES in Heavy Manufacturing, recruitment of adjunct and full time faculty for multiple universities, as well as duties as a commercial banking recruiter for JP Morgan Chase. Jason’s interpersonal skills facilitate his dedication to connecting people from diverse backgrounds to beneficial opportunities in their field of interest.

Erica Rose

Erica


Erica Rose is an artist, yoga & meditation instructor and mother of two living in Chicago's SW side. Her journey in art and wellness led her around the country to study and practice. she is the founder of Mith Factory, and arts focused studio that integrates wellness, esoteric and creative techniques for daily practice. Mith Factory is building supportive community, conscious connection and compassionate wellness through tools of creativity and expression. Her mission is to help others find authenticity, joy, and connection through their creative practice.

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Chiquita


Chiquita Lewis is the CEO of Yail's Garden, a homemade skincare line and a Certified Reiki practitioner. She hand makes quality products and facilitates wellness events and workshops in the Chicagoland area. Chiquita started her journey in health and wellness after a near theath experience while living in Egypt in 2011. As a mother of four beautiful children and living with two autoimmune diseases, she's dedicated to teaching others how to put themselves first and how to implement daily self-care.

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Dimitri


My name is Dimitrie Luna. I was born in San Antonio, Texas but lived all around the state. I took my first yoga class in 2016 and completely fell in love with it. I practiced for two years trying out all kinds of different yoga classes such as ashatanga, yin, bikram, and hatha, but I always found myself coming back to Sivananda. I truly enjoy the spiritual and mindful connection with the practice as well as the philosophy behind the teaching. So, at the beginning of 2017, I made the decision to get certified and did so at the Sivananda Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas in November of 2018. Yoga has helped me get through the last couple of years in my life and I’m very grateful for having found a practice that enables me to be a better person, allows me to grow spiritually, and improves my mind, body, and soul. I would like to share this knowledge with others and show people just how beneficial yoga can be and that you don’t have to be the most flexible person to practice yoga. Although I am a certified instructor, I will always consider myself a student of the practice because no matter what I am constantly learning and growing just as we all are. I plan on continuing my education with yoga in the future by providing a service to children and teens, who may not normally have the chance to experience something like yoga or meditation or mindfulness. Let’s all come together and heal the world!!

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Nubia


As a core principle, Nubia teaches that self-love is the foundation for all positive change in our relationships, especially within ourselves and our communities. Activating this principle, she creates spaces for family yoga and mindfulness practice in underserved communities. After the birth of her daughter Nubia was really challenged to live her yoga and returned to her roots of West African dance, Kundalini yoga, and meditation to help her on her path. Her journey of self-love and passion for children led her to create kids jamm, a signature, child-centered series of classes, combining music and movement, along with prescriptive techniques and strategies for behavior management for ADD, ADHD, and other medical concerns. She focuses on effective parent-child communication and identifying emotional triggers in this family practice. Her goal is for families to understand the principles of yoga and use the tools in their daily lives. Nubia is a certified youth yoga instructor who loves to dance and practice mindfulness with her darling daughter. As a parent-child mindfulness educator, Nubia cultivates spaces encouraging family practice and child exploration. She uses a passionate, child- centered approach combined with music and movement to keep children engaged.  Through Kids Jamm classes, she shares prescriptive techniques that deliver results for active children and busy parents in 3 min or less.  Her goal is to inspire families to better understand yoga beyond the poses and use it as a tool in their daily lives.  By applying an arts-integrated approach to sharing the tools of yoga and mindfulness, Nubia encourages her students to "live what you love, from the inside out."

Liliana

Lilliana


Liliana graduated from Saint Xavier University last year with a major in BSN and a minor in Psychology. During her last year of nursing school I worked as a collegiate nurse at Mercy Hospital in the Rehab and observation unit. Soon after she received her license as a RN and became a home health care nurse for Caring Shepherds Agency. Liliana also works as a Med/Surg nurse at IMH. She came to this country pretty young and faced many challenges being a foreign student and second language speaker. She never thought she'd be able to have such a challenging career! The road was not easy, and she wanted to give up so many times! From having to face emigration laws, adjusting to a different culture and language, caring for sick family members, and becoming a single mom while going through school to become a nurse! Life puts a lot of struggles in front of us, and it could be very stressful and challenging. That's why Liliana is excited to be part of the LOLK community. She wants to help others and bring hope to those who might be going through similar things. She know each situation is unique and could be quite different, but she wants people to know that everything is possible, and that there are people out there who care, who are kind, and who want to be there for you. Liliana wants people to know that at the end of that tunnel, there is a Light of Loving Kindness.

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Griselda


Griselda has worked in the field of Human Resources for over 20 years in a variety of sectors including private, government, higher education and non-profit. Griselda's expertise includes talent management, performance management, employee and labor relations, organizational development, and leadership and management coaching. Griselda's most recent position is at CBRE, supporting the Northwestern Medicine account, as People Business Partner. Griselda is passionate about helping businesses make the most of their talent, creating an engaging and positive employee experience, and helping people with the career aspirations. Griselda holds a Master's degree in Human Performance Improvement (HPI) from Roosevelt University, is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and is a board member of the Organizational Development Network of Chicago (ODNC). In her free time, she likes to spend time with her 2 children, trying new restaurants, listening to live music and working out.

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Jen


Jen is a visionary artist and art educator born and raised in Chicago, IL. Her body of work spans a variety of forms including intuitive process art, murals, portraits, and something she’s created, called Spirit Sketches. She is deeply connected to the unseen world that most people relate to in the dream state. Her passion is teaching humans of all ages the practice of using mindfulness and movement with art, visualizations in meditation, and creative self empowerment. Jen believes creative expression unlocks fear into connection, with self and with others. She is also an Open Studio Process Art’s Facilitator, Touch Drawing Facilitator, Akashic Records Reader, Shamanic Craniosacral therapist, and Reiki practitioner. Jen believes there is magic within everyone and finds joy in connecting individuals with their own creative light.

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Hannah


Hi, I am Hannah a rising senior at Homewood-Flossmoor Highschool. I enjoy spending my time playing sports, cooking, and hanging out with friends and family. I also enjoy working with youth, and doing community service in my community. I want to pursue a career in the business field, and my goal is to become a successful entrepreneur. I am looking forward to being apart of the LOLK family and working to make a change in our society.

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Jada


Hi My name is Jada. I am in 12th grade and I enjoy drawing and painting. I also enjoy watching tv and anime anytime I can, and I love decorating and party planning. My favorite color is purple even though I don’t wear it much. My family is very important to me and I’m there whenever they need me. I’m hardworking and dedicated to whatever I set my mind on. I also have a yorkie named Collin; he’s the cutest!

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Jayla


My name is Jayla and I am currently a junior in high school. I am a very funny and outspoken young lady. Not only do I love to give back to the community but working with kids as well. I have worked with multiple groups of teens and adults to give back to the world and provide amazing positive energy to many people. I am now a part of the leadership internship for teens provided by the Light of Loving Kindness Organization. This experience is not only helpful us teens working on the projects but also the children and communities who will be participating in these activities. I can’t wait to move forward and do amazing things within many of these programs.

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Christian


Hi, my name is Christian and I am excited to be working for this program. I am an outgoing person who has a passion for anything of the arts, sports, and games. I want to help make a difference in the community and make the world a better place. My goal from this program is to at least have a positive effect on one person’s life. I want to be a light to any person’s life.

Jaquelyn

Jacquelyn


Jacquelyn is a 17 year old AP Student Athlete as well as a Fine Arts Student. She is a senior (CO ‘21) who enjoys helping others in her community. At her school, she is a member of the Principal’s Advisory Council as well as the Section Leader of the bassists in the Sinfonia Orchestra, having played for more than 8 years.

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