Young Voices is Rhode Island’s only state-wide organization that gives low-income youth the tools to have a voice – to master the skills needed to understand an issue, think strategically, speak out articulately and persuasively, and assume roles of leadership. They gain the skills to interact with the adult world in any context, creating measurable success.
Recently, Young Voices has been nominated for the Nellie Mae Education Foundation Youth Organizing Award. The winner will receive $50,000. Voting is open to the public and we are asking for your vote. You can vote with your email and text. Please click on the links to below to cast your vote.
A VOTE WE KNOW WILL FEEL GOOD TO YOU!!
My name is Clara Oliva, and I’m 16 years old. I live in a very low-income area of Providence. All around me is crime and drug-dealing. I attend a school where many youth struggle and drop out of school. I often felt worried about my future, wondering if I could ever be successful. But I did want to be successful, and I wanted to have a chance to make my community better.
Then I got involved with Young Voices. Through their leadership training, I became a strong public speaker. I even made a major difference in my school. I surveyed more than 400 students, and presented the results to the entire faculty. They listened to my recommendations for improving discipline practices at my school, and we started to make real changes. I now feel confident in myself and my future.
I have given speeches in front of 300 people, and sat on panels teaching adults how to make a bigger difference in youths’ lives. I got the opportunity to take a course and live at Brown University for a whole week. I’m a Board member of Young Voices making real decisions about the future of our organization. I know I can make a difference in my community. I’m ranked #2 at my high school, but I’m determined to be the valedictorian and get into a great college. I feel unstoppable.
You can also by text the following code 627051 to 22333
Thank you so much! It means so much to me!
PS: Would you be willing to be an ADVOCATE and help get others to vote?