While growing up, my parents always made sure that I was aware of global issues and current events, cognizant of the social injustices and wrongs of the world. Yet as I grew older, I began to realize that it is not enough to simply be conscious of prevalent issues around the world. Instead, it is crucial to combat those systems of oppression and inequality by advocating for those who have been silenced or ignored. And beyond that, empower others and amplify their voices in order to create a more balanced and equitable community where everyone can advocate for themselves and their rights.
Over the course of the past few years, I have been able to develop my youth activism and have had opportunities to work with youth from around the world on essential issues such as gun violence prevention, women’s rights, and environmental justice. Through my role as the National Outreach Director for the US Youth Climate Strike, I worked to bring this movement to communities that have not yet been included in this global fight for environmental justice and create more accessibility for communities that are marginalized and less privileged.