After hearing about the kids at YouthInkwell who were publishing their own books to help bring water to Ethiopian villages, I was inspired to get active. I joined the Youth Leadership Board and eventually was elected its President. As a President with a serious commitment and passion for YouthInkwell, I transformed the Youth Board from a social club to a functional, core group of young activists from the local community and shaped a strong, confident Youth Board full of leaders.
As a member of the Youth Board for the past 3 years, I have taken on the commitment to raise $1,200 every year as well as attending (and as the President, running) bi-monthly Board meetings. With the help of our director and the adult board, I am learning how to run a nonprofit organization, and I help pass down what I learn to the other board members. I also regularly attend fundraisers and events where I have used my marketing and public speaking skills to recruit volunteers, raise awareness, and build business relationships.