Hi, my name is Jade and I am a high school junior from Illinois! Ever since I can remember, I have had a passion for educating myself on social topics and giving back to both my local and global communities. My leadership experience started at an early age when I spearheaded my elementary school class into raising money for a school garden. I knew then that positive acts yielded sustainable results. As I grew, so did my attention to and understanding of the social issue landscape in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to high school I got involved with Rachel's Challenge, an organization striving to start a chain reaction of kindness throughout schools and communities. Having been subject to bullying in Jr. high, I was determined to do whatever I could to prevent others from experiencing the things I went through, and help them if they did knowing how to handle it. A participant in community theater, the producer refers to me as the "bully police" for the way I look out for children. I have also been active in volunteering with Feeding America. As the issue of hunger reached a critical mass in urban, rural and suburban areas across the country, I educated myself on the issue and led food drives and volunteered to pack food supply boxes for those in need. An active volunteer for the Human Rights Campaign, I am a staunch LGBT advocate, believing that nobody should be denied their civil rights simply because of who they are or who they love. A lesson that I am so thankful to have been taught by my mother is to accept everybody for who they are, this lesson lead me to become a proud Special Olympics volunteer and unified athlete, one of my favorite things to participate in. Most recently, following the killing of my cousin in St. Paul, MN, I volunteered for the advocacy organization Black Lives Matters. I have been interviewed by media on my views on social justice and why all lives matter. I plan on taking my passion and personal drive to Kenya in 2016 as part of the MetoWe trips program. This past week I received some very exciting news, I was invited to speak at WeDay Illinois to over 15,000 students, who like me are motivated to change the world, at the AllState Arena on April 30th! My long term goal is to be able to share small things we can all to to contribute to a positive impact both locally and globally, and to educate people on issues that NEED to be acknowledged if we want to change them. I don't know everything about these topics and I admit that, but through this blog and my extensive research I am hoping that we can learn more and more together.
-Reach one teach one, Jade.