Creating Positive Change by Mya Cox Riding the RTA HealthLine in the early morning to the EYEJ office always gives me a chance to prepare for the youth council meeting. […]
Creating Positive Change by Mya Cox
Riding the RTA HealthLine in the early morning to the EYEJ office always gives me a chance to prepare for the youth council meeting. In my head, I attempt to match the names of the 19 youth with their bright and eager faces. I also try not to get too distracted and miss my stop. I check to see if my laptop and phone are prepared for a long day. Chargers, check! Once I arrive an hour before the meeting, I help to set up the breakfast table. I go over any changes and important notes with Mai and the bridge members. Everything is basically ready to go! However, all of the preparation in the world could not prepare me for the wonderful insights and ideas that was shared with me during these last two meetings from our EYEJ Impact 25 youth council members.
Their passion is fueled by painful experiences, but also optimism for a better Cleveland. Their passion also lies in a variety of issues, but through a miracle, we were able to narrow it down to a focus area that includes Social Awareness Education with a concentration on Police Accountability, Life Skills and School Safety. Even though we have had only two official youth council meetings, the evolution of ideas and proposals from the first meeting to the second is impressive. They have been working relentlessly to ensure the effectiveness of their plans of equal opportunity and treatment.
I do believe that the youth’s finalized project will be something that will remain apart of Cleveland’s practices for some time after they leave the youth council.
I encourage other youth in the Cleveland area to join a organization that will help them to shape their ideas and to amplify their voices–like EYEJ! I am very grateful for the opportunity to be apart of this movement of change, and I cannot wait for the youth council to share it with Chief Williams of the Cleveland Police, the Commanders and members of the Cleveland Indians in April! Hopefully, their amazing thoughts and actions will inspire you to make a difference in your community, too.
Mya J. Cox
EYEJ Impact 25 Youth Council Intern
Case Western Reserve University ‘20
Second Year Sociology and Public Health Student