So the other night, I was checking on on my Personal Progress. I was having a good time watching those little rectangles change color as I filled in my value experiences on my online personal progress record.
Then I realized, I'm more than halfway to earning my Young Womanhood Recognition again (the first time was when I was a youth.) Yippee.
Then I thought I'd better check the back of the Personal Progress book to make sure that I am indeed following all of the guidelines and getting the correct people to pass off my work.
That's when I read this:
"Personal Progress Requirements for Leaders:
- Serve for a total of one year as a Young Women leader.
- Complete the required value experiences in each of the eight values
- Complete three value projects, including the project for virtue."
What? I had no idea leaders could earn their medallion using this abbreviated list of requirements, either that or I knew and just forgot, but either way that is really good news.
So all you Young Women leaders out there who think you can't possibly earn your personal progress award along-side your girls, think again. And all you other ones who are trudging along slowly doing all of the required value experiences: you don't have to be a hero! (Or be a hero and do all of the requirements, I won't stop you!)
But whatever you do, remember this from Personal Progress (pg. 91):
"Leaders are encouraged to work on Personal Progress along with the young women. Those who participate in the Personal Progress program themselves understand the program better and set a favorable example for the young women to follow."
The Young Women need your example.
You don't have to be Noelle Pikus-Pace with a silver medal hanging around your neck to inspire your youth. But what an example she set and what volumes she spoke to the youth by wearing her Young Woman medallion as she stood on the medal stand to receive her Olympic medal.
Yes You, regular ole Sister Young Women leader, can be a hero to somebody, just by making personal progress your priority. Every value experience that you complete says to your girls, "I can do it, and so can you."
For those who asked about requirements for other adults to receive their YW Recognition award, here they are: