Youth Spotlight: Marina Middle School Leadership Team

Updated: 5 hours ago


Hands4Hope selected the Marina Village Middle School Hands4Hope Club Leadership Team for this month’s Youth Spotlight because of the hard work that they have dedicated to their club since the beginning of the school year.


The leaders have committed themselves to host meetings and project planning sessions that are meaningful and impactful for other club participants. They have already raised over $300 for the UC Davis Pediatric Heart Center by selling donuts and cookies at a school dance and Murcielago, the club treasurer, raised $100 in donations from a family friend.


They work great together as a team and inspire the Marina Hands4Hope Club Participants to work hard for their chosen cause.


Hayden Chua - President

What is your school and grade and how long have you been involved with Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference?

I am in 7th grade. I have been involved with Hands4Hope for two years.


Why did you join Hands4Hope?

I joined Hands4Hope so I could become a better person, and so I could help my community and help those who don’t have as much as we do.


What have you liked most about Hands4Hope?

What I like most about Hands4Hope is seeing all the other people that want to make a change in our community.


Is there anything that you’ve learned about yourself as a leader?

I learned that I like to do everything on my own and I should ask for help when I need it. Another thing is that I have learned that when something happens, people have your back.


Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I will just say Hands4Hope is a great place to become a leader and help others.


Abigail Palmer - Vice President

What is your grade and how long have you been involved with Hands4Hope?

I am in 8th grade and this is my second year with Hands4Hope.


Why did you join Hands4Hope?

I joined Hands4Hope to help make a difference in my community and create new friendships.


What have you liked most about Hands4Hope?

I have really enjoyed meeting new people, gaining leadership skills, and learning new ways in which I can help others in my community.


Is there anything that you’ve learned about yourself as a leader?

I have learned many new skills that have helped me become a better leader. I have gained more self-confidence, problem solving skills and effective communication skills.


Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Hands4Hope is a wonderful program that I feel very lucky to have been a part of for the last two years. I have loved working collaboratively with my friends at Marina and being a part of the leadership team. I think more students should join the Hands4Hope organization as it is a very rewarding experience.


Audrey Ballard - Secretary

What is your grade and how long have you been involved with Hands4Hope?

I’m in 7th grade and I’ve been in Hands4Hope for a few months.

What have you liked most about Hands4Hope?

I have really liked working on a project.


Is there anything that you’ve learned about yourself as a leader?

I have learned that it’s ok to speak up!


Murc Del Dotto - Treasurer

What is your grade and how long have you been involved with Hands4Hope?

I’m in 7th grade and I’ve been in Hands4Hope for two years.

What have you liked most about Hands4Hope?

I get to see my friends every Wednesday.


Is there anything that you’ve learned about yourself as a leader?

I have a lot of leadership qualities.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I am excited for next year!


Evan Groves - Public Relations Coordinator

What is your grade and how long have you been involved with Hands4Hope?

I’m an 8th grader and I’ve been in Hands4Hope for 3 years - 2 years as a leader.


Why did you join Hands4Hope?

I want to be involved in my community.


What have you liked most about Hands4Hope?

I like meeting new people.


Is there anything that you’ve learned about yourself as a leader?

It takes a lot of dedication to be a leader.