"I am now pursuing my Master’s degree in Education in Washington, D.C. and know that L2C and the amazing individuals involved played a key role in helping me to where I am today. I want to empower because I have been empowered." - Ifeoluwa Salako
One of the most meaningful gifts a person can give to another is the gift of empowerment. The power to be able to not only change your life, but also the lives of those around you. This is precisely what Lead2Change gave me over the course of 6 years in which I was involved. From giving presentations to a group of 15 people to setting up community events for hundreds of people, this organization made me feel that with the support and team effort of likeminded people, anything was possible. Giving thousands of dollars to high school students is not the way our society generally attempts to empower the younger generations, but YAC created space for me and my friends to learn what it meant to be philanthropic and to support other youth-led organizations to better their communities. That is power.
The summer before my senior year of college, I had the opportunity to be further empowered by leading a summer program and helping launch the first annual DreamBig! event. I had very little experience working with teenagers and I had very little desire to try to motivate them to walk miles in the heat filming promotional material for the event. However, at the end of the summer, I realized how much I loved working alongside these incredibly talented, motivated and fun individuals who would stop at nothing to make a change in their communities. From there, I knew I would want to dedicate the rest of my life to this partnership by becoming a teacher. I am now pursuing my Master’s degree in Education in Washington, D.C. and know that L2C and the amazing individuals involved played a key role in helping me to where I am today. I want to empower because I have been empowered. Congratulations L2C!