I was raised in the church, and one of God’s principles is prioritizing people in need. While serving on my YouthBoard, I learned this drive exists in other teenagers. This ingrains hope in me for the future where we can collectively combat social issues within each other, that can then extend to people in need globally. YouthRoots showed me the strength of youth voice which I can now see in my daily life.
There is so much need in today’s world. During the pandemic, I’m working with a friend to help the homeless community of Denver by making care packages of food and sanitary supplies. Socially, the Black Lives Matter movement is gaining prominence, and injustices are being exposed everywhere. It’s not a time to be silent, and YouthRoots taught me it never is (besides taking the time to stop, listen, and learn). Everything is a work in progress, but I will be part of it.