Tell us a little bit about yourself! What grade are you in, what school do you go to, and how long have you been involved with Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference?
I am going into my senior year at Folsom High School. I have been in Hands4Hope since my freshman year, so about three years. For the upcoming school year, I will be Vice President of the Folsom High School Hands4Hope Club and Public Relations Coordinator for the Executive Youth Board.
How did you hear about Hands4Hope and what motivated you to join?
At school, there is an event during lunch called Club Rush. This is where all the clubs come out during lunch and promote their clubs. My friends and I saw the table and signed up. I wanted to join to make an impact on my community and be more involved in school.
How has your experience with Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference shaped you into the person you are today, especially compared to when you first joined? How has Hands4Hope helped you in school, with your friends and family, and in life?
Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference has helped me become a well-rounded person. It has really helped increase my confidence while speaking to my peers, time management and working with others. I have also had many opportunities to grow as a leader because of the many opportunities I have had to step into a leadership position.
What value do you think Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference adds to the community?
I think Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference adds the value of leadership in the community. Youth involved in the organization always have opportunities to grow their leadership skills.
Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference is a youth-led organization. Of course, there are adults but they are there to mentor us. The organization allows youth to input their ideas into projects and provides a safe place to explore the real world.
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experiences with Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference?
While being a part of Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference, I have learned to overcome challenges that we might face in our lifetime, like COVID-19. In February, the Folsom High Club wanted to host a dance for the Special Education population. Unfortunately, this did not happen due to the peak in COVID cases. Instead, we took the candy donations we received to create Valentine's grams and held a Spring Fling later in the year for the Special Education students.
This year I am taking on the PR Coordinator role for the Executive Youth Board. I will use the platform I have to let more people grasp the ideas about Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference. Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference is truly a blessing in disguise, it has helped me come out of my shell and grow to my greatest potential.