This is the first of OSM!’s forum series on social issues. We want to hear the youth’s voice on what truly concerns them and how they view the future. We surface their cares in the quest and assertion for truth in a world where the mainstream media is sowing intrigue and deception in various degrees. Let us hear it straight from these young women.
I grew up not having much in life, something I don’t wish my son to suffer. So I’m doing my best to provide him the best future that I could possibly give him. My life journey is full of painful and remarkable experiences that I choose to use them as an inspiration for conquering the earth.
– April Sunday, Computer geek/single mom
I want a future where life, human rights, and the earth are prioritized over violence, war, and industrial profit.
– Tara Tabassi, Organizer
I would like to address school loan debt, violence against women (rape, sexual assault, domestic violence), affordable housing, contractual and disposable work force, mental health issues and suicide. Funding the war abroad has to stop too.
– Olivia Canlas, Coordinator for AF3IRM New York
Social justice. I believe we’re all becoming more socially aware.
-Leani, Freelance designer
As a young adult, I think about how to build a life in a way that stays true to my myself and my values.
I wonder how I can find balance in a capitalist work culture that rewards those who push themselves to the brink and only considers self-care once we’re ready to burn out.
I search for work that is meaningful and creates change – knowing that this kind of work is low-paid and my educational debts are high.
I think about how I will raise a family and I remind myself to take steps to always put love and family first. I am both afraid and excited to raise children who will navigate through the same challenges in this world- but whom I hope will be stronger and better prepared than me. I look forward to growing older, wiser, more confident and more true to myself.
-Justine Calma, Journalist/researcher