Ashley Srivastava 4th Year Management Information Systems Major Computer Science Minor
How did I get involved with IMPACT? I first got involved with IMPACT my freshman year of college when my roommate told me about IMPACT trips. I decided to give it a try (because why not?), and I absolutely fell in love with not only the service, but also the mission and most importantly the people. I went on the Youth Empowerment trip to Greenville, South Carolina, and I was able to work directly and indirectly with children. I enjoyed my trip so much because I was able to do service in an area I was most passionate about which is children. I loved my trip so much I decided to come back as a site leader, and I led the Affordable Housing trip to Asheboro, NC. I’ve learned so much through IMPACT about myself, service, and the community, and it is one of the best experiences in college.
Why am I interested in my trip focus? I have always been interested in social issues surrounding the youth because I have always loved children and also I am a strong proponent of investing in children since they are the future of our society. Additionally, my first trip with IMPACT was also youth empowerment, and I learned so much on that trip but I know there is much more to learn within this social justice topic. I love how widespread and diverse the topic of youth empowerment is. It is incredibly intersectional with the topics of affordable housing and education advocacy - just to name a few. Youth empowerment hits home for me, and I can’t wait to learn more about this issue.
Fun Fact I had the opportunity to be on local television in Morocco since they were doing a segment on hot air balloons, and I had just been on a hot air balloon ride and the camera crew wanted to interview me!
Stephania Luna 3rd Year International Affairs Major French and Sociology Double Minor
How did I get involved with IMPACT? My first impression of Impact was hearing about all the life-changing experiences my friends had had on their impact trips to various locations about a variety of social justice topics. I carried that curiosity into my sophomore year and made signing up for a trip my top priority. Visiting the Open House event, I was so excited not only to experience the magic of Impact, but to get to know the community of site leaders that make this organization so loving. My trip to Clarkston, Ga for Refugee Resettlement and Immigrant Awareness came at the end of an emotionally taxing fall semester. I remember feeling like I really needed to be loved on and recharged by a new community to continue my sophomore spring. That week, I experienced rich connection and awareness that made this an experience I wanted everyone to have. My winter break trip really opened my eyes to such a deep love for serve and growing understanding for the Clarkston population. I am so grateful to Impact for the immersive and open environment it’s given me to both learn and serve wholeheartedly.
Why am I interested in my trip focus? Empowering our youth is the most sustainable change servant leaders can make. As an impressionable population, it should be our mission to pass down the learned values and resources we gain in order to fully seek change for the things we’re passionate about. The youth of the world are the voices of tomorrow. They are future lawmakers, teachers, active citizens, and parents. And mentorship is the best tool for empowering them to aspire higher and break glass ceilings. I know for a fact that I would not be where I am without the guidance of my role models!
Fun Fact The most embarrassing moment of my life thus far was fracturing my ankle when I was 11 years old. It was a field day on my 6th grade playground when I fell backwards playing tug-of-war with the rest of my elementary class. Suddenly my right ankle snapped behind me and a hundred 11 year olds watched as my P.E. coach carried me to my dad’s car. It was painfully awkward!