Your Voice Matters

Kindness is showing up for yourself and others. Kindness is using your voice for good and voting. Amidst our current challenges as a global community, we have found comfort in one another. The pandemic has taken a toll on everyone’s emotional and mental health, and it’s important now more than ever that we look out for one another. There have been proactive conversations being held amongst us regarding equity and social justice. The Black Lives Matter movement presented us with the opportunity for many of these conversations and reminded us that we must uplift communities that are often targeted. Throughout this time, we have identified areas and opportunities for change, and now it’s time to stand up and create that change by casting your vote. 

It is important to ensure our desires for change aren’t just desires but rather actions. Voting is a right and a privilege. We have the power to make sure our voices are heard. Your voice is a strength, and it can be even more impactful when there’s concrete action behind it. Do your research and elect candidates who will best support our communities. We must be proactive, when you vote you are doing your part in helping build a kinder and braver world.

An election has a tremendous impact on our society. Young people have the ability to impact that outcome, which is why I encourage you all to show up for yourself and your loved ones. You don’t have to vote alone, do it in solidarity with friends. This year young people will make up 40% of eligible voters, which reiterates once again the power young people have. Voting is step one, sustained efforts is what leads to change. Register to vote, cast your vote, continue fighting and speaking up for what you believe in. Register now at https://www.rockthevote.org/how-to-vote/register-to-vote/.

Juan Acosta

Juan Acosta, 19, is from Woodland, California. He is currently completing his last year at Woodland Community College before transferring to San Francisco State University where he plans to study Psychology. He has worked with nonprofits such as the Yolo Family Resource Center, attended multiple leadership camps, and hosted a local television show "Teens on the Move." He is interested in research into community dynamics, coping with emotional and psychological trauma, ways to protect minority students, and how to make schools a bully free zone. In Juan's free time he enjoys going out with friends, family, and working out.

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