PeaceJam Southeast, how do I thank you?
You ignited a fire in me that I didn’t know existed. You created a space for me to embrace myself as a Latinx Woman on our campus. You deepened the roots of my faith as I found the love of God within each relationship I formed. You took me across borders and overseas to share and learn from others’ experiences and cultures. But most importantly, you provided a platform that allowed me to find my calling!
This was my last PeaceJam Conference at FSU as the Mentor Coordinator and one of my most memorable ones too. Not only because it was my last, but because there was something so powerful and moving about this year.
So here is to:
Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and an anti-child-slavery activist, who walked on our campus with the most humble and loving spirit I have ever experienced. He set the tone for a conference that enabled youth to believe they are the solution to the challenges we are currently facing. He shared his wisdom and his heart with every individual at our conference.
To @bjoewolf (Pulse Shooting Survivor), Connor, and Isa (Parkland Shooting Survivors), thank you for being brave and sharing your stories with us. Your voices matter and moved all of our hearts to stand up against violence and injustice in our society.
To my amazing mentors and incredible staff that helped us pull this incredible experience off! I couldn’t have done any of this without you!
and finally, to Rody (PeaceJam Southeast Director). It was PeaceJam’s 10th Anniversary this year. Meaning, it was Rody’s 10th year of giving everything she had to ensure that youth all over our region got a glimpse of hope, love, and empowerment to be agents of social change in our community. Rody, you have touched the lives of so many. I really don’t know how to put into words what you mean to me! You have changed my life and have contributed so much to my personal and professional growth. More than a fantastic boss, you are my friend and second mother. Thank you for loving me so relentlessly.
So with an honored and humbled heart,
Thank you PeaceJam!