BENEFITING: EDGE Youth Leadership
EDGE Youth Leadership is magic. Every spring, it waves its wand over one representative student per high school in California, opening their minds to the immense strength in their individuality, and activating their potential to make positive changes in their communities. Through group activities, keynote speakers, public speaking exercises and mentorship programs, we challenge them to "take off their cool jackets" and embrace who they are. We get to watch them develop an understanding of an enormous range of ideas - perspective, resilience, agency, privilege, adversity, optimism and so much more - as they open up to and accept one another. EDGE is one of few leadership seminars that offers all this at no cost to its participants, allowing us to access students from a wide range of backgrounds, many of whom would never be able to afford the experience (roughly $300) under different circumstances. A contribution to EDGE is an investment toward transforming a student, a community, and your world. For my 21st birthday gift, that prospect is more than enough.