Hello everyone! I JUST ARRIVED IN TORONTO!!! I am so excited 🙂 It is currently 8 am here, or 5 am in BC so I am writing this on 5 hours of sleep :p. This is my second blog assignment where I will discuss my platform of choice, why I chose it, what it means to me and how I would spread my message if I were to become the next Miss Teenage Canada 2015 (Just thinking about the possibility of winning gives me the chills :D). However, to make this blog post a bit more interactive and valuable, I will be leading all of you through a few steps to help you discover your own platform and mission in life! So read on if you want to find how you can make a difference in the world.
Some of you may know, but my platform that I created during the provincial competition is called “Lead from Within”. Essentially, my goal is to empower youth and especially young girls to help them develop confidence in themselves so that they can strive to be the best that they can be. I want to be able to show them how they can develop their passions and interests in life to make a difference in the world and be leaders in various ways. I chose this platform for several reasons. First of all, I think that self-confidence is an issue that most people struggle with, no matter how young or old you are. Our environment, the people we are with and our own thoughts can provoke feelings of inadequacy or personal failure. We are constantly pressured by our performance in school and in extra-curricular activities. When we do not do as well as we hope to do in certain aspects of our lives, or if we are bullied by others, this can cause our self-esteem to crumble. This is a serious issue that can develop into depression or other mental illnesses. This is a problem that is not brought up enough in our education systems and in our daily lives. Many individuals go through their lives without knowing how to handle such situations. This is something I want to change.
Therefore, I decided to create my platform to volunteer with programs that encourage and teach the importance of self-esteem, friendships and long-term values. These are valuable skills that can strengthen an individual who is going through the hardships of life. One of the organizations that I started volunteering with is called SOLE GIRLS. This is a tween empowerment program for girls aged 8-12 and was created by a woman named Ashley Wiles. She is a great inspiration to me and has taught me many things about helping others become stronger and better people. This 9-week program educates the young girls about values, respect, goals, friendships, community, volunteerism and much more! All this is incorporated into physical activity and we run a 5 km at the end of the 9 weeks. This program has taught me so many things that I had not learned in the past. I got to listen to these young girls speak about bullying experiences and other negative aspects of their lives. It really allowed me to understand what many children and teens are going through on a daily basis. I understood that I had to do something to help even more youth with the problem of self-confidence.
This means a lot to me because I have also had times when I felt powerless and self-conscious. There was a point in my life where I couldn’t see a beautiful person standing in front of the mirror. I wasn’t confident with my appearance or my actions. Not many people know this because I didn’t show it outwardly. Fortunately, I am the type of person who proactively tries to find solutions to my problems. I sought out to read many inspirational and self-help books that significantly increased my level of confidence and self-love. Today, I am able to look in the mirror and see an empowered young woman who is beautiful in her own way. I want EVERY person to feel the same way.
I am planning to start my very own youth empowerment program in the fall. I am teaming up with the CYLA, also known as the Canadians for Youth Leadership and Action. I am fortunate enough to be a director with this non-profit organization. What we do is we provide financial and intellectual aid to groups or individuals who have a great idea that can improve the lives of others. We are a support group for inspired people. I was inspired to create a youth empowerment program where we can talk about subjects that bother us and what we can do to improve the situation. I also want to introduce others to the concept of positive affirmations and having a strong mental attitude. With these lessons, it can be so much easier to cope with things that happen in our lives.
If I were to become Miss Teenage Canada 2015, I would love to spread my message to youth all over Canada. As our country’s youth ambassador, I think that my platform is a cause worth sharing. I would like to start off with my own city of Burnaby and create an empowerment program, speak with various high schools and elementary schools about the importance of self-love and confidence. Something amazing would be to speak at We Day about following one’s passion with confidence and courage. Most importantly, I want my actions to inspire youth from all over. Being a proactive and encouraging role model would be my main goal as Miss Teenage Canada 2015. So many people learn and absorb information from actions and that’s what I want to do.
So in a nutshell, my platform is to help other youth develop a stronger sense of self-confidence and empowerment so that they can feel capable of making a difference, no matter how big or small!
So how can you choose a platform and take action to implement your values to make the world a better place? Well once place that I recommend you go to is leadandact.org . This is the official website of the CYLA and there are steps to creating your own campaign relating to your passion. There are three simple steps
1. SPARK- Inspire Yourself
Think of an issue that you observed in your community. What are many people struggling with? Is there an issue that you have a personal connection with?
Sometimes, you don’t have to think of an issue, but just something that makes you feel empowered; something that you want to share with others.
2. LEAD- Take initiative
Think of different ways that you can implement a program, conference or campaign to raise awareness for your cause. Get creative!
Its really important to gather a team who share the same values as you do. Find people who are willing to take time out of their busy schedules to help you in your initiative
3. ACT- Take on a cause
After you figure out what you want to do, think up a timeline and ACT! This is the most important part as you can get all your ideas and make them into a reality 🙂
If you take these steps and implement them into something you are really passionate about, you have the potential to do something truly incredible.
I want to remind all of you how amazing you are and that you are capable of anything. Remember to always keep an open and grateful mind. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to 🙂
I hope that you have learned a bit about myself and my platform. It really means a lot to me and if you have any questions, let me know in the comments!
Miss Teenage Burnaby 2015