THE FLATS — Over the past four weeks, Georgia Tech’s newest Yellow Jackets have taken part in the annual Leadership Academy. The Jackets wrapped up Leadership Academy on Wednesday with a community service event.
During Leadership Academy, the Jackets were led through four sessions, each focusing on a specific topic, with Leah Thomas, Director of Total Person Support Services, Dr. Kensa Gunter and Derrick Moore.
Week one — Introduction and Personal Assessment: The freshmen class was given an overview to the Total Person Program before Dr. Gunter led a personal assessment session. The Jackets took a VIA Survey focusing on their character strengths.
Week Two — Personal Values: The student-athletes narrowed down their personal values to their top three with a personal values assessment. The goal was to help guide student-athletes through decision making utilizing their personal values. The session ended with the Jackets writing their personal mission statement.
Week Three — Personal Brand: Dr. Gunter led a discussion on personal brand — understanding how the student-athlete’s personal mission statement is reflected in their personal brand. The session also highlighted the Georgia Tech Athletic Association’s mission statement.
Week Four — Serving Others: The final session of Leadership Academy showed the student-athletes how their platform can be utilized to serve others and took the Jackets out into the community for a service project at Solomon’s Temple Atlanta — a holistic emergency and transitional facility for homeless women and their children. At the facility, the student-athletes were given the opportunity to interact with the women and children, playing several games and spending one-on-one time with the children. The Jackets also brought sweet treats, distributing King of Pops.