Ashley Srivastava She/Hers/Hers 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 She/Hers/Hers 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!
Information about Youth Empowerment Key Terms
Mentorship - the process of matching mentors with young people who need or want a caring, responsible adult in their lives. Adult mentors are usually unrelated to the child or teen and work as volunteers through a community-, school-, or church-based social service program.
Youth Dialogues - youth-facilitated discussions of critical social issues. Through this strategy, young people address racial tensions and issues of diversity within school, community, and regional settings they encounter.
Tools for Expression - Youth empowerment also takes place through youth arts and media. An example describes a participatory action youth theater method that empowers LGBTQ youth to provide suggestions to power holders regarding effective LGBTQ policies in schools.
Youth Organizing - Through youth organizing, young people work with other youth to build collective power. They participate directly in identifying issues, developing strategies, and demonstrating power, drawing on their agency to challenge power systems, disrupt practices, and pursue social justice. They implement actions focused on changing policies and practices that affect them.
What is Youth Empowerment? Youth empowerment is the process of encouraging, supporting, and motivating young people gain the ability to make decisions and implement change in their own lives and the lives of other people. Empowering the youth includes addressing the situation and then taking action to improve access to resources (shelter, nutrition, education,etc).
Why is Youth Empowerment important?
Good education standard: Empowerment can help youth to understand the importance of education that leads to social improvement of the country.
Good governance: With the mentorship of youth empowerment, the youth can reject the status quo and pave a path for a better future.
Poverty eradication: Youth empowerment can help reduce the rate of poverty to a significant level.
Youth Empowerment + Other Intersectional Topics
Youth & LQBTQ+
18% of LGBTQ+ students had experienced physical dating violence
10% were threatened or injured with a weapon on school property
There are approximately 5 million LGBT youth living in the United States. They represent 7% of the youth population.
Youth & Education Access
Worldwide, 175 million pre-primary aged children are not enrolled in pre-primary education.
One in Five Children, Adolescents and Youth is out of school
Thirty-nine percent of the worldwide poor have no formal education at all.
Youth & Affordable Housing
One in 10 young adults ages 18-25, and at least one in 30 adolescents ages 13-17, experience some form of homelessness unaccompanied by a parent or guardian over the course of a year.’
After reaching the age of 18, 20% of the children who were in foster care will become instantly homeless.
Almost 40% of the homeless in the United States are under 18.
Youth & Gender Equality
There are currently around 900 million adolescent girls and young women in the world – the largest generation in history.
30% of young women aged 15-19 experience violence by a partner
iIn developing countries more than 1/3 girls and young women are married before they turn 18.
Youth Empowerment in Athens
1 in 4 kids live in poverty in Athens-Clarke County.
In 2017, the Clarke County school district reported a graduation rate of 80%.
Clarke County School District (CCSD) students are 55% black; 20% Hispanic; 19% white; and 6% Asian or multiracial