I have always loved service, especially when it aligns to the things that I like to do. I am a member of four organizations that I believe best represent my values. In addition to my school work, these activities keep me busy 4 or 5 days a week!

THE GANDHI BRIGADE

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Gandhi Brigade Youth Media is a pioneering after-school program that empowers young people in the Washington, DC region to use multimedia as tools to promote community building, multicultural understanding and the common good.

At Gandhi Brigade Youth Media we do this work for the small, gradual differences we notice over time: the boost in confidence when we speak in front of a group; the knowledge and maturity it takes for us to discuss the complexities of daily life; the respect and empathy with which we treat our classmates. These are the outcomes that develop a young person to become tomorrow’s leader. (That’s me second from the left!).

Check Out Our Documentary: To Serve and Protect?

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MY BROTHER’S KEEPER

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President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color, and to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. I am a part of the Student Engagement Affinity Group. This photo is when I testified at the Montgomery County Council meeting (second from the left).

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Through this initiative, the Obama Administration is joining with cities and towns, businesses, and foundations who are taking important steps to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and the skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way into the middle class.

CITY AT PEACE

City at Peace is a combination of activities that examine the interrelationship of the problems and conflicts that youth care about, and often suffer from. It also develops their capacity for addressing these issues. Highly interactive and intensely creative, City at Peace rehearsals utilize the performing arts to unlock participants’ creativity around important personal and social issues and learn the skills necessary for performance, both on stage and off. It utilizes this creativity to then produce original works of theater for the community as well as projects designed by youth to effect positive change in their communities.

Each City at Peace cast has two goals each year: 1) to write, produce and perform an original musical from their lives and ideas for change, and 2) to design, execute and evaluate community change projects that will improve their cities’ communities.

GIRL SCOUTS

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I have been a Girl Scout for nine years, and I have done extensive work in my Service Unit. I started and I am still the leader of our Media Team, and I am a Delegate for the GSCNC Annual Meeting, an Alternate Delegate for the GSUSA Annual Meeting, and I just recently got voted into the position of a Teen Board Member of the GSCNC Board of Directors!