Brenda Rolle-Davis knows a thing or two about leadership, and she aspires to encourage all kids – big and small – to find their leader within.
The 17-year-old admits she hasn’t always been in touch with her ‘inner leader.’ In fact, she really didn’t know what being a leader meant until five years ago, when she entered the doors of the East DeKalb Boys & Girls Club.
Brenda describes herself as a shy person who once believed she could never be a leader because of her reserved nature: That was until she met a warm, outgoing, motherly figure who shaped her outlook on what a positive leader was all about. Brenda credits Ms. Pat for teaching her that a model leader is one who exhibits kindness and integrity. A real leader
doesn’t necessarily have to be the loudest in the room. A true leader’s actions can speak more powerfully than words.
Ms. Pat’s counsel empowered Brenda to aim high, embrace her own identity, and use her God-given gifts to lead her peers.
“The leadership roles that I have had at the Club have made a huge impact on who I am today. When I started at the Club in the 8th grade, I was heavily involved in the Torch Club. As a member of the Torch Club I participated in a variety of fundraisers and community service projects. I delivered food and toys to shelter animals, and gave food to the homeless. As I entered high school, I became a member of my Keystone Club. I continued fundraising and community service projects as a member of Keystone,” Brenda said.
Brenda said being named Keystone president is one of the greatest honors she has received at her Club.
Brenda, a senior at Stevenson High School, wants to continue using her voice to shed light on issues affecting the community.
After graduating from high school, Brenda plans to go to college to earn a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism.