“I signed up for (the LHC program) Youth Encouraging Philanthropy and it’s really changed how I view my community and how I view others,” she said. “I tell people that it really helps students grow and learn how to work with different people. For instance, they have a ‘colors’ program where you’re a green, gold, orange, blue, and you take a survey to find out what your color is. And once you learn to identify what color a person is, you really learn how to work with different people.”
She also carries a 4.2 grade point average and is the yearbook business editor. She plans on pursuing elementary education and journalism degrees at Ball State University with a minor in philanthropy.
Sutton credits Suzanne Rozzi of LHC, Suzanne Whicker, who recently retired, and her uncle, Kent McPhail, who is on the Plainfield Town Council for getting her involved in the program and ultimately helping to facilitate her growth.
Younger students often ask her about the program, she says, and she hopes that even students that don’t consider themselves to be leaders take the plunge.
“I think it’s instrumental for students,” Sutton said. “They’ll develop skills to become a leader. You don’t really need to be the most outgoing person in the world to be a leader. You can do it in your own way. It really helps with organization, finding resources, networking, and teaching you how to connect with adults.”
For more information about the Leadership Hendricks County program, visit the website at leadershiphendrickscounty.org.