Lee Gosselin via Crowdrise
July 11, 2010
But before we talk about remapping the future of our youth, it’s important to first share why I was inspired to create The Youth Remap Challenge project. I became a youth advocate because I care about our youth, and the issues that put them at risk. For years I have volunteered with organizations that provide at-risk kids with support services in an effort to be a part of the solution. Recently, however, it’s hard not to notice how the economy has impacted non-profits and their ability to provide services. I wondered what more can I do? In that moment, the Youth Remap Challenge was born.
The truth is that we can’t control their environment and neither can they, but we can help them learn that how they perceive it, and how they react to it, is a choice. The YRC enforces that message by sharing experiences of people who have been where they are, people they can relate to, connect with, who made the choice and succeeded. I want to share with them how I learned from my past and how I choose to use it to guide and build my future. Though my experiences I’ve learned that despite where we come from or what we’ve experienced, each of us has the ability to create our own path. We can choose to remap our lives; the choice to do so is the Youth Remap Challenge.
That is the YRC journey, and I have volunteered to jump start the project by spending 30 days, this August, camping and traveling by car, over 7,000 miles, visiting Job Corps Centers, group homes, youth camps and crisis centers across the U.S, to issue the Youth Remap Challenge.