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Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.

~ Albert Schweitzer


It seems almost cliché to say “kids have a lot to deal with these days.” But the reality is they do. Today’s students face pressure in almost all areas of life—academically at school, socially with their peers, and personally within the realm of their households. As kids try to navigate the expectations others have of them, they are also searching for and developing their own identity. Middle school through college is crucial years for youth to define who they are going to be, they impact they want to have, and how they are going to achieve it.

Through the example of my own story, I speak to the importance of understanding personal identity, and I empower youth to forge a life-path with a firm understanding of the power they embody to make a positive difference in the lives around them. The impact they have is anchored upon having an intimate knowledge of who they are at the core, what they believe, and how it all affects the way they live. Relationships are at the core of my story, and I illustrate through personal experience the importance of evaluating and cultivating relationships that will shape their personal journey.


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