Trust. by Abby Jones
[Update to the EYEJ Impact 25 Youth Council]
Thank you so much for letting me come help out on Saturday. That was a really awesome experience. It’s really incredible to see young people come together to generate solutions to these problems that are so insidious.
I’ve had a lot of unique experiences over the past six months giving me insights on the problems impacting Cleveland’s youth – including participating in the Grand Jury
during the last 4 months of 2017, while participating in the EYEJ discussion series
. And it was really difficult to go from seeing case after case of violent crimes of gun violence, sexual and domestic abuse, and drug trafficking – many involving children – to the classroom setting. I am so glad that Sylvia and I worked with the same class for the whole year. We were able to develop relationships with these girls – and I fully intend on coming back in the fall to see them through their next year.
Seeing the young people in the Impact 25 Youth Council
come together and generate this comprehensive agenda is the answer to the question that’s been hanging over Cleveland for far too long. How do we move forward.
How do we push past the stagnancy of so many different issues that are all really the same problem – different legislative battles with different root issues, social problems in the nation, and conflicts in the community – like you guys were saying: it took a lot of discussion to narrow it down to the issues you wanted to address.
But even at the root of Police and Youth relations and the formations of Toxic Stress, the issue there is Trust
. There’s a brokenness of trust in the nation among all of us, and that’s such an intractable issue that it takes fighting it on all fronts. I think there’s a distinct possibility the nation is so broken right now that the issue of Trust connects to all advocacy work, if you take a few steps back.
I think even the work I do with the Borgen Project
is an effort of rebuilding Trust for global relationships and fighting the stigma of “lost causes.” And the youth work that’s happening – the work EYEJ is doing is part of the bigger narrative going on in our country right now
– and I feel so privileged to be a part of EYEJ in whatever capacity I can as you continue to facilitate the empowerment, amplification, and mobilization of young people.
You should be very proud of the work you’re doing. Thank you for inviting me to the presentation on the 30th. I’m very excited to attend.
I was very fortunate to attend the March for Our Lives Cleveland
, and there were hundreds of really incredible young people working together to affect real change. I’ll never forget my favorite sign held behind the stage during the rally: “The Youth Will Set Us Free.”
All the best,
Political Affairs, Regional Director for The Borgen Project
EYEJ Discussion Series Volunteer