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Mario Alfaro: husband, father, leader

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Mario shares how having balance helped him become a better leader.

Strengthening leaders to transform communities.

GR Initiative for Leaders believes that communities can be transformed by strengthening leaders.  We accept Christ’s challenge of teaching others what we have learned.  We are equipping and empowering teens and adults to use the knowledge and talents that they have to make change happen.          

GR Initiative for Leaders (GRIL) graduate, Mario Alfaro is the Youth Advocate with the Supporting Our Leaders (SOL) Program at the Hispanic Center of Western Michigan. The SOL program connects youth with resources available in West Michigan through partnerships that the Hispanic Center has developed with community agencies. “Youth have so many obstacles to overcome” says Mario, “It gives me great joy to see these obstacles removed as teens gain support from their community.”

Along with his work at the Hispanic Center, Mario is a busy husband and father of two, juggling family time and ministry at Immanuel Hispanic Church in Wyoming. For him, the GRIL leadership training segment on balance was the most significant piece of the curriculum. “Not that I have mastered it yet,” says, Mario, “but GRIL made me aware of how unbalanced I was. I was trying to do too much on my own. Now I work to empower those who need to become future leaders.”

Mario believes that GRIL provides the tools a leader needs to be effective. “GRIL teaches a systems thinking approach to problem solving and strategic planning that challenges participants to discover new ways of working and partnering within their community.” As a result of participating in the adult leadership training program at GRIL, Mario has established a network of people he can depend on. Together they leverage their efforts to do greater things.



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