As my eighteenth birthday is a year away, I am no stranger to feeling helpless in such a tense political climate. For many young people and undocumented people alike, it is frustrating to have to stand by idly and watch those who are ‘allowed’ to take political action as well as elected officials make decisions about the future of the country that we live in. This being said, the remorse that I felt as I watched things in our country escalate to the harshest of extremes, and I watched people being mistreated more and more everyday. So, when the opportunity to help volunteer with FeLT, I was beyond ecstatic.
Today, more and more young people are taking advantage of the resources they have around them to help impact change. These young people, these teenagers, are helping people like myself to realize that just because they can’t vote, they can still do things to help make a positive change. As a young person, I’ve made it my job to start early, to take action when action must be taken, and that starts with FeLT.
Earlier this year, I went on a school trip to Nepal, where we taught photography lessons to children in a small village off of Khathmandu. While I was there, I saw how eager students could be to learn, as opposed to those who sit beside me in my SAT prep class.
Education (in it’s many forms) is one of the most important things that this world has to offer, and whatever I can do to support, and provide whatever skills I may have in supporting those who wish to educate themselves.