EYEJ Impact 25 Youth Council Letter of Support. By Divya Manoharan

Dear Cleveland, People often say that adults borrow the world from their children. That youth are always those who make change. That young people’s voices are the most important. And […]

June 21, 2018 // EYEJ // No Comments //

Dear Cleveland,

People often say that adults borrow the world from their children. That youth are always those who make change. That young people’s voices are the most important. And yet, through this, adults retain power, and adults make decisions.

The EYEJ Impact 25 Youth Council is trying to change that. Their recommendations – their well-researched, resounding recommendations – come directly from the group of people affected by inequities in Cleveland. It’s one thing for those in power and those in office to hear the issues young people are facing and act on them, and it’s an entirely different thing for young people to take ownership and fight for their own equity. The members of the EYEJ Impact 25 Youth Council have, through creating their recommendations, elevated themselves to a place in which they’re setting their own narrative. They’re speaking their truth on their experiences and coming up with actionable ways to better their lives and the lives of those around them. There is nothing more important than giving young people the authority to make change and make change early, and acting on the EYEJ Impact 25 Youth Council’s recommendations is step number one to do that.

I am in absolute support of the EYEJ Impact 25 Youth Council’s recommendations, not just despite the fact that they’re young, but because of it. Listening to the people who will shape this city for the next generation is integral to ensuring absolute equity. The struggles faced by each generation have to be heard and amplified and acted on. It’s not just enough to give people a voice – these voices have to be listened to, and this is an opportunity for exactly that. Allowing young people in Cleveland to control their stories, specifically relating to violence in their community, is the most important beginning to a narrative of change. The EYEJ Impact 25 Youth Council is not too young – they are taking action and taking ownership of their lives. And nothing is more important than protecting our youth.

Therefore, please support by either donating to their DC trip to meet with Senators and Congress persons, writing a letter of support by emailing hello@eyej.org, attending our VolleyFest or signing their petition.

Divya Manoharan

EYEJ Millennial Board Co-Chair

Case Western Reserve University, Class of 2020

B.S. Candidate, Computer Science and Sociology

Undergraduate Student Government, Vice President of Diversity of Inclusion for CWRU