To give a glimpse of what I do aside from my coplac course, I do graphic design/ communications for political candidates and I am a mentor to at risk youth in the Jefferson county school system with the Americorps program. This is my second year with Americorps- and I believe that my first year was what got me truly involved with “being involved”. I had grown up with my mom working two full time jobs, and rarely saw her. She would live pay check to pay check and my father was also an abusive alcoholic. I wanted to help out the summer with a food program because I knew how most of the kids in the program felt, and I wanted better for them. My role was a mentor, being the one closest to the kids aside from their parents. Most of them lived in households with not a lot of food or love.
I saw my kids have really good and really bad days- most of them were messy. I saw one of my girls give her food to one of the kids that she knew had none at home. That is when it truly sunk in- why should a kid have to give up their food to another child in need? Why do we live in such a food insecure society- yet we are rich in resources. There is plenty of food to feed every single person in the united states- so why do so many go hungry? That led to other questions- like why other people are able to succeed easier than others? Why proper healthcare seems to be a foreign concept? The idea of children getting an education quality based on their zipocode. This is how I ended up in the sociology program at my university, and later a soup kitchen doing community service during my COPLAC service experience. This year I have been helping an awesome group of kiddos reach their full potential and giving them a person in their lives that they can turn to that cares- because they deserve it.
I got involved with politics, because I knew it would be the best way for me to make direct change. I had started with small campaigns (board of education, house of delegates) and just recently got off of my most recent- a Senate campaign. I also did campaign consultation with a Federal Non Profit PAC- for candidates across the country that needed help training their volunteers and doing media work. I’m up until 2 and 3 AM mostnights, working on different projects for myself or someone else- so I function off of sweet tea and the hope for a long nap later.