My experience with the SPEAK program has been quite exciting. Once I received approval for my club at school, I had to focus on the club fair and executive board positions for the club. Many students were interested, but I turned them down. I was looking for leadership qualities that stood out and would help in the long run. I narrowed down the candidate list to four girls, including myself. The first informational meeting for SPEAK is next week and I hope it will be successful. Approximately, thirty kids signed up, but I don not know how many will attend the first meeting.
As for the SPEAK mentorship program, recruitment has been slow. This is due to the small number of Eastern Europeans and South Asians at my school. However, I still have one mentee who is interested and I hope both of us together can recruit more people. Despite these challenges, I am still excited to get paired up with a mentor and explore different career opportunities.