People always ask me why it is I do what I do. I guess, for someone to want to reach out and help others in a society where everything is so focused on self - it can easily be seen that I am an anomaly. Perhaps I am. But I hope that not to be the case.
People always ask me why it is I do what I do and I instinctively see all the faces of youth I have had the honour and pleasure of getting to know and serve side by side with. I remember when someone first walks into our space, wide-eyed and a little unsure about why it is they even showed up to begin with. I remember the emotions that overwhelm me when I see a leader step up and reach out to guide a new face in our programs. I remember being taught how to play an XBOX game and miserably failing at it but deriving so much joy from that moment because it was something they - the youth - decided I needed coaching on. I remember the sadness I felt when a few have skipped on off to college and yet feeling so much pride at witnessing their growth and seeing them step into their limitless potential and, more importantly, owning who they are.
So when I get a message from a #WorldChangeAgent that has come through our doors, stayed for the adventure and left for the bigger World, I always do my best to make myself available.
Karin first came to us by way of email and in little to no time at all, she was handling our entire social media accounts. She coached me on Facebook tools and tricks. She led the way with building up our newsletters and she encouraged others to work together with her on social media campaigns that would not only inspire her peers but would drive a call-to-action response from the general public. She reminded me of upcoming events and notified me on outstanding emails that endlessly flowed through our inboxes.
Karin planned 'Blessings on the Streets' among other team members, she referred her friends to sign up and serve and she always had an amazing attitude that always looked for where she could serve.
When Karin flew into town for a week, I was excited to see her. The instant we met up she quickly pointed out that I had been using my earphones the wrong way. Silly me, how was I supposed to know that there was an in-built microphone and volume control in my headphones?!!? That's what I love about working with youth - they have so much to teach me. They have so much to teach us. And it's not always as mundane as a pair of earphones.
We talked about school, amazing photography skills (I forgot to mention she takes incredible photos) and her hopes and dreams for the future. At one point during our meal, Karin touched on something that we stand for here at 'Blessings in a Bag':
Dear Karin, we're so incredibly proud of you for reppin' who you are at U.C Berkeley and having just completed an internship with Salesforce. We can't wait to see what you'll go onto do but more importantly, we can't wait to see what you'll teach us next!
If you're interested to serve as a #WorldChangeAgent, fill up the form by *clicking this link*