By Mia Drumm
This summer, I had the opportunity to attend Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp, also known as YEA Camp. I just want to start off by saying that this was a life-changing experience. Never in my life have I ever felt more free and accepted than when I was at YEA Camp. As someone who comes from a place where it seems that there are very few people, especially young people who care about big issues, it’s easy to feel like all hope is lost. YEA Camp has restored my hope.
I am a firm believer that your mood can be heavily swayed based on the people you associate yourself with. During my time at YEA Camp, I felt nothing but positivity. Everyone around me was eager to learn about the issues going on in the world and wanted to work towards fixing it.
Over the week, I got to really know my 65 new friends. I learned about their lives, where they came from, and what issues were important to them. I became inspired by them and it made me want to do more. However, I think the most powerful thing these 65 people did was restore my confidence in my activism. There’s something about knowing that a large number of people support me and my ideas that comforts me. It makes me feel like i’m not alone in this fight, and that if we all band together we can make a difference.
Change doesn’t happen with just one person. It takes a number of people. The never-ending love and support from the people I met at YEA Camp has impacted me the most because in unity there is strength.
Mia Drumm is a 16-year-old student and activist from Louisiana. Her passion is animal rights. She currently does animal rescue with her mother and is working on running a vegan lifestyle blog.
If you’d like to meet other like-minded changemakers, find out more about YEA Camp at YEACamp.org.