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    My Story: Jamal Leary

    In this week’s feature, 15-year-old Jamal Leary shares how he’s preparing for a productive future through Goodwill’s Youth Initiative


    I attended Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries’ camp for more than eight years. I started off as a camper and then moved up to a counselor in training (CIT).

    This camp helped me in many ways. It taught me how to be more independent. This camp gave me a chance to meet new people with different personalities. It’s a whole new experience being away from home, and doing and seeing things I thought I would never have done or seen. So much to do: so many activities, so much food, so much fun and so much time not being wasted at camp. What else can you ask for as a child?

    Jamal Leary speaks at Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries' annual meeting.

    Jamal Leary speaks at Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries’ annual meeting.

    Camp also prepared me for the future and the real world, like jobs and interviews. I met so many great people here at camp, and one thing that I noticed is that they were all here to help with any situation — not with just me, but anyone. That’s what camp is about – keeping you going strong at 110 percent.

    I continued to go to this camp each year because of the different people I met, the amount of fun I had and the great opportunities.  This camp was my home away from home with people I love, and it helped me become a better role model and stronger leader.

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    • Katherine
      June 7th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

      That’s an amazing amount of time to spend going to the same camp, Jamal! Listening to your story, it’s hard to believe you are only 15. You are obviously going to make a great leader.

    • jianminChen
      June 8th, 2010 at 2:18 am

      jamly, hello, I read you letter,  and i also study in good will traning center someday, that teach is paretin, and good to understand , i love affair guild and enjoy make friend with them, that it all , thank you.

    • jianminChen
      June 8th, 2010 at 2:30 am

      Jamly, hi, my name is Jianminchen, I study in goodwill camp in 2006 year, in that time DR Calro teach me match, and that make me become chief and confidence , so i should say thank you for DR Calro, and all of the teacher at good will ou and also say thank you to Seattle ‘ teacher Velo Siso

    • boonie leary
      June 8th, 2010 at 1:01 pm

      keep up the good work jamal….

    • Tia Leary
      June 8th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

      Love it!!!!, you are a beautiful person and it shines in this story.

    • MG
      April 2nd, 2015 at 11:32 pm

      Excellent work, Jamal. We need smart, strong, driven leaders such as yourself in our society. We are all very proud of you and wish you continued succes.

    • Carol Leary
      June 11th, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      Hi Jamal, I just came to the Goodwill web site & saw your name with picture! Was I surprised! Your story is very interesting & you are clearly a young person with much to offer. I hope that you will be a Counselor at camp very soon, maybe this year! Younger people could learn a lot from you, I think. Have a great Summer!

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