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Meet April Lara

Meet April Lara

I educate teens, parents, teachers, and counselors about what it takes to be a great leader so that they can make a positive contribution in their families, schools, communities and the world.

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  • My Day with Eleanor Roosevelt’s Grandaughter

    “My grandmother would have loved this school.” That is how Anna Eleanor Roosevelt started her key note speech at the annual fundraiser for the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School (YWLCS) that I had the privilege of attending this past Wednesday. Eleanor Roosevelt’s granddaughter, Anna is 88 years old. She was thoughtful, kind, inspirational and has […]
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  • Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    I was eight years old when Martin Luther King Jr. died.  I remember being off school the day of his funeral.  I knew he was an important figure and a well known man.  I remember there was a lot of controversy and fear around him, too.  As I grew older I had a greater appreciation for his role […]
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  • Ray and Janay Rice: Saved by the Elevator

    So much can happen in six months.  I have always had this philosophy.  Six months from now, your life can be completely different – totally unknown – and quite unexpected.  It may be good or bad, let’s say life is purposeful. Just ask Ray and Janay Rice.  It wasn’t long ago Janay was getting married […]
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  • An Open Letter to Bridget Anne Kelly: Help us with Our Leadership Deficit

    Bridget Anne Kelly Dear Bridget, You have been described as professional, friendly and nice; a supportive, caring mother of four children who has a just value system.  So I have to ask myself:  Where did a young, beautiful, smart mother who had so much going for her lose her moral accountability?  You were on a […]
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  • Help for Miss Florida: A Final Question Solution

    I have to confess:  I love watching the beauty pageants!  The beauty!  The glamour!  I have been watching the pageants since I was a young girl –a TV highlight in my home.  How pageants have evolved from big hair and similarity to natural beauty and diversity. I appreciate the hard work and dedication to takes to […]
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