Ladies of Leadership club welcomes women in law
On March 16, the Ladies of Leadership club (LOL) at Roxboro Middle School heard inspiring stories from two women in law. The goal of LOL is to assist middle school-age girls with developing self-esteem, enhancing their global perspective and fulfilling civic responsibilities.
Falisa Berry, an investigator from the Cleveland Heights Juvenile Diversion Program, and Tiffany Hill, assistant law director, shared their backgrounds with the students.
Hill said she considered herself a “nerd” who balanced a well-rounded social and academic life while growing up. She said her middle school study habits played a huge role in her later academic success. Hill empathized with today’s high stakes testing and shared her experience taking the two-and-a-half day Ohio Bar Examination.
Investigator Berry spoke about treating others with respect as a key quality needed to be successful at her job. She also shared simple safety tips. Berry holds a master’s degree and is now working on her Ph.D.
Through workshops, community service and hearing guest speakers, participants in LOL become skilled decision makers who value themselves and others as well as giving back to their community. The girls participate in field trips, fundraising, dress-up days and LOL T-shirt days. The club is yearlong club and is filled with fun, learning, service, bonding with others and personal growth.
Roxboro’s Ladies of Leadership is open to all girls in grades 6–8 who meet and maintain the LOL criteria. The requirements for participation are:
- Two letters of recommendation,
- a signed letter of commitment,
- evidence of first quarter grades,
- maintain a 2.5 grade point average,
- 80 percent participation in meetings and activities, and
- no disciplinary referrals.
LOL advisors are Anna Gregory, Wendy Ward Price, Tiffany Jordan-Shaw and Shenisha Austin.
Cynthia Barnes is the public relations liaison in the Communications and Community Engagement Department at Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.