What does “community” mean to you? For August, a junior at Cleveland High School, it meant to be a part of something; something that would change her as a person. That something became Community for Youth (CfY), a program focused on building a secure and welcoming network for our students and mentors. August shared with us how the community aspect of CfY impacted her life.
“I joined CfY because I didn’t have any after-school activities at the time, and I wanted to be a part of something during my high school years. The prospect of being in a community with others in my age group and people there to help guide us or even just being there for us during our lives was a good ideal.
Joining CfY has been one of the best things I have done, as I’ve made new friends and become part of a nicely knit community. As such, I’ve made connections with people who I would have never met without this community. It has greatly improved my social skills, and I am bettering myself through this organization. The people I meet change me every time we talk. When the community gets together to talk about real issues in the world, everyone has something to say. It’s a great feeling, being a part of a community so diverse and accepting.”