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Natural Disasters: How YOU can help!

Natural Disasters: How YOU can help!

With many natural disasters happening all over the United States, OASC has put together a list of ways you can help the communities of these disaster areas.

Contact them directly.
If you want to know the immediate needs of people in their area, ask them directly. Because OASC directly supports schools, we suggest contacting schools in the most impacted areas. Texas Association of Student Council’s Executive Director Terry Hamm has put together a list of schools that were effected in the greater Houston area. If you want to help directly check out this list: http://www.tasconline.org/help-for-harvey-victims

While there are multiple fires burning in Oregon currently, we encourage all looking to volunteer or donate to reach out to local Police for best ways you can help.

Eagle Creek Fire: Hood River County Sherriff’s Office (541-387-6911)
Chetco Bar Fire: Red Cross Evacuation Center at Nazarene Church in Brookings, OR (541-600-6068)

If you have information about ways to help victims of fires, floods or natural disasters that you would like to add to this article, please email Katie at katie@oasc.org.

Donate Funds.
While most natural disasters are in need of supplies, sending money can be most efficient. We suggest donating to local charities that are affected as well as national charities like the American Red Cross. We encourage you to look at https://www.charitynavigator.org to choose which charity is right for you.

Donate to Local Food Banks.
In times of disaster, may food banks struggle the most. We encourage donations to food banks of the affected areas to assist families who may be displaced because of the disasters as well as to feed volunteers coming to help with relief.

Be an advocate for correct information about the disaster.
One of the most important ways we can help is to pay attention to and share correct information. We suggest using credible local news sites and following local law enforcement on social media for most up to date information.

Don’t go to the disaster area until you are invited.
While one’s natural instinct may be to go to the disaster area, it is important to stay away from disaster areas unless invited. Driving toward areas of impact can create more harm than good. Spontaneous volunteerism creates what is often called a “second disaster”—having to support the needs (shelter, food, safety, and so on) of additional volunteers with the same limited resources available to support those in need.

If you’d like to suggest ways to help in effected areas, please email Katie at katie@oasc.org. 

3 Leadership Analogies that can come from the Solar Eclipse

3 Leadership Analogies that can come from the Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017 the United States will experience a total solar eclipse. Oregon has the special opportunity to be in the path of totality. From Newport to Ontario, Oregonians will be able to take part in what is being called a celestial event.

From this remarkable experience, as leaders, here are a few leadership analogies you can pull from the 2017 Solar Eclipse.

  1. Don’t let the shadow of your past eclipse the brightness of your future.

It’s unfair to judge a person by their past—but as leaders, our pasts are sometimes put in the spotlight. How can we move forward if we are always linked to our past? First, you learn from your past, and second, you move forward.  Successful individuals like Oprah Winfrey, J.K. Rowling, Mark Cuban, and Sir James Dyson all came from challenging backgrounds. While our backgrounds may be filled with mistakes or with the circumstances we were born into, our futures are unwritten.

  1. Even the moon—as little as it—can hide the sun for even a moment.

Did you know that the sun’s diameter is about 400 times larger than the moon? But around 2 times each calendar year, the moon blocks the sun, leaving a shadow on earth. As leaders, our challenges can seem as large as the sun, but even every now and again, your power can overcome the power those challenges bring.

  1. The sun always comes again.

Each year, high school can become a little more challenging. In our schools today, students of all kinds are struggling to deal with the stress that comes from academics, athletics, and activities. During a total eclipse, the moon shields the sun and causes about two minutes of darkness. But, at the end of that darkness the sun comes out again. When looking for a positive light in your life, try out mindfulness. Mindfulness is the psychological process of bringing one’s attention to experiences occurring in the present moment. This can be done through meditation and journaling.

If you have the chance to experience the solar eclipse, write down your experience and share it with us!

Practicing Leadership Skills to Add Value

Practicing Leadership Skills to Add Value

by Karlie Ragan, Scappoose HS, NW Rep

Being a leader is more than just having someone look to you for guidance or example. True leadership starts with adding value to yourself in order to gain the complete trust of your followers. The best way to do so comes with practicing many skills. These include hard work, the ability to be open minded/ knowledgeable and being passionate about your activities.

Hard work doesn’t always mean just getting everything done to the typical standard. It comes with doing the little things that not everyone always wants to do. Going above and beyond in order to not only satisfy yourself, but making your plans exceed expectations. Doing this proves to your mentors and followers that you can do the job right. It also shows that you’re ready to handle any responsibility that comes your way.

Becoming open minded can be extremely hard for many people. Having the ability to do so comes with being educated on a range of topics. This knowledge helps, as a leader to be relatable to people who may look up to you. The more you can relate to diverse people and situations, the more successful you can be with anything from conflict resolution to common comprehension. Along with this comes a skill that many take for granted. It’s as simple as listening. Most people listen to respond, but genuine leaders listen to understand. Having this expertise allows others to be completely themselves around you which can almost always bring out the best person in them and create a stronger bond between anyone.

Passion is something OASC is constantly encouraging people to find. Once you find a passion for something, you find an inner drive to achieve the impossible. Using this drive to the fullest capacity is the key to confidence in the leadership world. This beautiful motivation pushes you to always be the best version of yourself and enables leaders everywhere to succeed.

Using these three simple skills can add an extreme amount of value to your general leadership. Hard work, knowledge, and passion goes a long way. Practicing them may seem like an easy task, but it will take more than dedication and desire to master them all. After completing this, each of them will gift you, as a leader, the best possible ability to lead.

“To add value to others, one must first value others.” -John Maxwell