From Students to Mentors: Elohiym and Mistura’s Journey at Loma Vista

At The Practice Space, stories of growth are at the heart of what we do. In this post, we’re delighted to share the inspiring journeys of Elohiym and Mistura. As two of our cherished coaches, they authentically embody our spirit and mission. What makes their stories particularly special is that they began as students within our program at Loma Vista Environmental Sciences Academy. This is where they first honed their skills and ultimately transitioned into the impactful mentors they are today.

The Roots of Our Work

Elohiym and Mistura, both young people we consider "roots" of our work, have been part of our journey as an organization since the beginning. Loma Vista Environmental Sciences Academy is where our roots were first planted, and where countless students have blossomed into confident speakers and advocates. 

Elohiym and Mistura describe the program at Loma Vista as a dynamic blend of chaos and creative freedom. It's a space where students are encouraged to explore their thoughts and ideas through speeches, debates, and poetry. They both emphasize the importance of connecting with students on a personal level and incorporating their interests into the curriculum. This approach not only fosters engagement but also allows students to see the relevance of speech and debate in their daily lives.

In their roles as coaches, Elohiym and Mistura prioritize listening to students and addressing topics relevant to their experiences. They understand that effective communication begins with understanding and empathy, and they work tirelessly to create an environment where students feel heard and valued. Through their dedication and passion, they inspire students to find their voices and speak their truths with confidence and conviction.

Goal-Setting and Witnessing Transformation

One of the most rewarding aspects of coaching for Elohiym and Mistura is witnessing the growth and transformation of their students over time. They observe students progressing from tentative speakers to confident advocates, empowered to share their viewpoints and engage in meaningful dialogue. Mistura reflects on the evolution of topics and debates within the program, noting how students have embraced more complex issues and longer speeches as they have grown in both skill and confidence.

Elohiym and Mistura's coaching approach is centered on goal-setting and continuous improvement. They encourage students to push themselves beyond their comfort zones and strive for excellence. Mistura recounts instances where students have set high standards for themselves and pushed for more challenges, showcasing their commitment to personal growth and development.

Beyond honing speech and debate skills, Elohiym and Mistura are dedicated to equipping students with the tools they need to make a difference in the world. They believe in the transformative power of speech and debate to foster empathy and critical thinking, preparing students to tackle real-world issues with confidence and conviction. Through their mentorship and guidance, they hope to inspire a new generation of leaders who will use their voices to effect positive change in their communities.

The Power of Student Discourse

In a poignant moment, Mistura reflects on the profound impact of student discourse during a Congress debate session. What began as a discussion on school lunch funding evolved into a profound exploration of students' experiences and struggles, underscoring the transformative potential of speech and debate in fostering empathy and critical thinking. Through their dedication and passion, Elohiym and Mistura continue to uphold the legacy of The Practice Space, inspiring students to find their voices and make a difference in the world.

As we reflect on the journey of Elohiym and Mistura from students to coaches, we are reminded of the profound impact that mentorship and community can have on the lives of young people. Their dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to their students are a testament to the enduring legacy of The Practice Space. As we look towards the future, we are inspired by their example and the countless lives they have touched through their work. With Elohiym and Mistura leading the way, we are confident that the next generation of speakers and debaters will continue to shine brightly and make their voices heard. 

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