Leadership Blog Series: Kelly Kitchen


1. What made you want to become a leader in the PALS community?

I wanted to get involved with PALS leadership because I have had some wonderful head Counselors and Directors in the past who made it look like so much fun. After speaking to them about how rewarding it is to watch Camp come to life and facilitate a welcoming place for people to grow these lifelong friendships, I knew I had to be involved. 

2. How have you grown as a person through your PALS leadership experience?

Working as a Director with PALS is by far the most rewarding and challenging experience of my life. You have to get out of your comfort zone and reach out to people to create lasting partnerships. It is always a bit awkward, but knowing what the end goal is, it pushes you to grow those relationships. Another way I feel PALS has helped me grow is learning how to be a better advocate for those in the Down syndrome community. This extends far beyond our week at Camp! 

3. What legacy do you want to leave with PALS as a leader?

My personal goal was to bring PALS to Richmond. We did that and had a wonderful week! I think that will be a part of my PALS history, but outside of the location, I want everyone to come to Camp and have a fun-filled week where they try something new and get outside of their comfort zones. I believe that is the best way to grow meaningful relationships.