Be the Cause

Houston: Beyond School – A High School Leadership Workshop

On December 3, 2005, Indify hosted a high school leadership workshop for local Indian-American students. Despite their initial skepticism about the workshop, twenty-two students from six different high schools spent the day exploring “what is leadership” through activities, discussions and problem-solving. The morning opened with team-building games, helping to create an atmosphere of openness and allowing students to use their creativity. The first session focused on qualities of leadership and which qualities are most important for effective leadership. It also explored spheres of influence and how in small ways leadership can be practiced.

The afternoon sessions focused on creativity, giving students an opportunity to work together, develop their presentation skills, and use their problem solving capabilities. The aim of the workshop was to give students a chance to understand the value of building leadership skills, enhance leadership capabilities and use creativity to find solutions to difficult situations.

Most students appreciated the opportunity and provided excellent feedback for future workshops. The workshop was co-sponsored by Be The Cause and Charity Focus Houston.

Check out the pictures:

Roopal Shah

Models of Unity

On Saturday, June 18th, the Baha’is of Aliso Viejo presented Be the Cause with an award for its work on uniting individuals in the common goal of service. It was a most awkward feeling.

I stood with a crystal award in my hand, smiling like a little boy at the podium. Faces stared back at me waiting for a recollection of our four year journey. But that did not happen. Instead, I stated as proudly as I could that none of this had anything to do with us.

The true recipient of this award was neither an organization, nor an individual, but rather a silent emotion that moves us all to action. It is that compassion within us that forces us to create new organizations, inspires us to help others and calls us back to our true nature. Compassion exists in all of us.

So we accepted the award, not only on behalf of Be the Cause volunteers, but also on behalf of everyone in that room, and everyone reading this newsletter. Thank you to all of you for having Compassion in your hearts and to the Baha’is for their continued dedication to make the world a better place.

May you and I truly unite in our love for humanity and in our compassion for each other.

See pictures from the event


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