My Passion for Advocacy

Anjali is one of the founders of the Justice for Our Youth- Mental Health Health (J.O.Y)
J.O.Y. promotes awareness towards mental health needs of justice involved youth.

The lessons I’ve learned at YASI are lessons that I have taken with me into my life and spread through my communities, at school, and at home. At school, I am the co-president of a club called History for Action. In this club, we facilitate conversations on current issues and their historic parallels. Learning about advocacy has really helped me to bring something new to the table. For example, during the summer I learned about Mental Health and the Disability Rights Movement.

Learning about these things was so eye-opening, and I wanted to bring that into my school community, so I’ve brought those topics into History for Action. In this way, YASI has empowered me to responsibly advocate for issues that I care about and spread awareness. It’s crazy because when I first learned that I was matched to YASI I wasn’t really sure if I’d like it because I wanted a really STEM-based internship but it was truly an amazing experience.

Anjali (left) is one of the founder of the Body Empowerment Starts Today (B.E.S.T.) Campaign. The B.E.S.T. Campaign encourages body positivity and self-love by dismantling the social construct of beauty. Anjali along with her teammates created a website that provides daily positivity tips to help people feel comfortable in their own skin.

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