Youth Voices Have Power

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Youth Voices Have Power

The reason I love Youth Voices Matter is because we are passionate about the youth voice. This empowers me to use my voice to create change in my community. The beautiful thing about advocacy is that it allows a variety of people to unite around one cause.  

Across the country we see a rise in youth advocacy. Just recently, students in Florida participated in a peaceful protest at the state’s capital to address gun violence and control. It is truly remarkable to see young people taking a stand and using their voices.

In New York, we have the opportunity to do the same thing. Addiction is plaguing so many lives and people have had enough of it. Overdoses are the leading cause of death among Americans under 50 years old. We are losing an entire generation to the disease of addiction and the opioid crisis. On March 6th hundreds of individuals will be in Albany for Stand Up For Recovery Day. Youth from across the state will be heading to the capital to have their voices heard – some even by bus.

It makes me happy to know that my generation cares about something as important as recovery. Being in recovery myself, I am proud to stand alongside these people and look forward to marching to the capital with them. We have lives to save.