New beginnings, and dreaming about the future with our LIT students

Written by Megan McDermott, Latino Children's and Youth Director

Written by Megan McDermott, Latino Children's and Youth Director

The launch of a new school year always brings with it the beginning of a new year of our Leaders in Training (LIT) program at Mission Adelante.  Last week, as we launched our NINTH year of Latino LIT, we did a lot of team building activities to help the kids and volunteers get to know each other. Amidst fun games of trying to get an oreo cookie from their forehead to their mouth without using their hands and relay races that required them to lean on each other as a team, I had each of the the thirteen kids interview a partner.

It was a spur of the moment activity with a mix of silly and serious questions, created to help them go a bit deeper with each other.  We always want them to feel like LIT is their second family, a place where they can be themselves with each other.   As I read back over their responses the next day, I was moved by some of the the things they shared.  Here are just a few of the fun responses that they wrote:

What do you think you will be doing ten years from now?

  • Go to college to be a veterinarian
  • Be a surgeon
  • Be a professional soccer player
  • Be finishing up cosmetology school

What advice would you give your parents?

  • Be relaxed
  • Travel more
  • Don’t work so hard
  • Listen more to us

One of the main dreams of LIT is to raise up generations of leaders that will transform the community.   We know that a bright future requires a strong focus on the present, and a deep foundation in Christ.  Please pray for all of the children and youth that we serve, that they would come to know God in a more real and intimate way this year.   

Current Needs:

  • Our Leaders in Training (LIT) students are hungry when they arrive at Mission Adelante after school.  We go through about 80 individually wrapped snacks a week! Next time you are at Costco or Sams, think of us!  You can drop them off at Mission Adelante during regular business hours, Monday - Thursday 9:00 - 5:00.