Learning to lead

MITI program graduates twelve Eagle Village residents

HERSEY – Eagle Village recently acknowledged the achievements of 11 youth who graduated from the Molitor International Training Initiative, an invite-only program in which select residents of Eagle Village are invited to participate.

MITI is a leadership opportunity for youth who have shown ambition in their individual programs, focusing on skills such as public speaking, problem solving, career planning and time management during a six-week course.

“It is a very empowering experience for most,” said Lisa Spaugh, Eagle Village marketing coordinator. “The privilege of being invited, the experience of learning about themselves and how they can impact their community and the culmination of a celebrated graduation are all coveted experiences that they are excited to participate in.

“MITI is an opportunity for our young people to gain confidence in themselves and hope for their future. It’s a wonderful compliment to the residential program curriculum and it gives our staff, the kids’ families and their court and DHS workers a chance to celebrate their individual successes and accomplishments.”

Paul Pollatz, owner of Integrity Financial in Mount Pleasant and Fremont, spoke to the graduates of the program, sharing some of his own struggles and achievements.

“If you’re not in the valley, you can’t see how high the mountain is,” Pollatz said. “You get to see the heights of where you can get to when you’re down there. True success in life only comes when you realize the one and only who values you more than anything or anyone else in this world.

“You have a toolbox full of things you can use in life but one thing it didn’t give you is a map. Your map is going to be different than her map; his map is going to be different than their maps. Some of you are going to have peaks that are much higher and some will have valleys much lower. If you’re one of those people, you may ask, ‘Why me?’ Well, you can say ‘Why me?’ and be a victim or you can say, ‘There is value in me that only my God knows and he’s bestowed ways upon me that I can grow and flourish, only in the eyes of God.’”

Eagle Village is a nonprofit family treatment center providing intervention services and camps, residential treatment, foster care and adoption services for all counties in Michigan.

If you know of a family in crisis that may benefit from these programs, contact Eagle Village at (231) 832-2234 or visit eaglevillage.org.