Today was an exciting day! On February 4, 2019, Linens N Love's officers and selected members were invited to attend the Celebration of WE Event held at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. At this leadership and motivational event, students had the opportunity to learn more about social issues, especially thinking about what they can do to change the world, whether it be in small actions or large actions! Additionally, student leaders participated in intimate workshops to think critically about these issues, ranging from world hunger, homelessness, animal abuse, lack of education, and lack of clean water.
Following the discussion on social issues, participants had an opportunity to hear from JoFlo, a WE leader who took a trip to Kenya when he was only 16. JoFlo was born into a poor family in El Salvador. We learned that his childhood was surrounded by poverty as well as the civil war. His inspiration to create a better world was found through his experiences in Kenya and he was such an inspiration for not only the Linens N Love team, but also the other several students.
After JoFlo spoke, youth student leaders from around Orange County and surrounding areas spoke on stage to the audience about their story and inspired others at this event. One keynote speaker was Founder of Linens N Love, Vivian Wang! Vivian shared her experiences with Linens N Love, sharing the struggles of founding a nonprofit organization as well as highlighting how rewarding it is to make an impact in our society. Vivian was so glad that she was able to share her story of Linens N Love with the students.
Following the keynote speakers, students participated in a Leadership Workshop. Students including Linens N Love officers discussed the important issues in our society today that we strive to help. Some of these issues include the high number of animals in animal shelters and the lack of clean water in several countries.
At the end of the event, the Linens N Love team was so inspired and ready to continue making a difference. Stay tuned to see what we are up to next!
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