Citizens Project through the Eyes of Our Young Activists
Citizens Project is sad to lose two of our youngest activists as they head off to their bright futures. Here is a little bit about them and from them.
Our ever energizing volunteer, Isaac Green, has faithfully come to our board meetings for three years to assist with documenting our conversations while keeping us smiling and laughing. He says he is “taking the skills I have learned here, through being an active community member, to other countries. I am learning about others, and myself in the process. It is a journey to clarify so many joyful answers.” When asked what he has learned through our organization, Isaac told us, “Citizens Project has shown me that the well-being is the overriding operation of the universe. That creating a positive loving and diverse community is so much more powerful than disassembling a hateful one. They work for the happiness and equality and freedom of all of us so we may contribute what we like to this life.” Isaac’s contagious positivity will truly be missed at Citizens Project and we wish him all the best on his new adventure!
Leya Hartman (pictured below with Board Chair Steve Mack) has been our summer program assistant/unpaid intern (as she likes to joke). She has worked on a little bit of everything, from spearheading our first-ever primary voter guide to attending the Community Transit Coalition meetings on a regular basis representing Citizens Project. She will be greatly missed as she heads back to her final year at Wheaton College. She told us that “When I first interviewed with Deb, I thought that Citizens Project must be one of those tinier, less powerful organizations in the community, after all, they only have 1.3 staff members. But I was completely blown away the second I walked into our Creating Community Breakfast where nearly 500 people had gathered to show how large the Citizens Project’s community is. I met so many amazing people who are fighting for equality and acceptance in Colorado Springs. My stereotypes of my own hometown have been completely changed. I will miss working side-by-side with Joy and Deb, the Board, and all the amazing people with our partnering organizations like Courtney Stone, Silas Musick, and Gary Fornander. I am so thankful I had this opportunity.”
Thank you to Isaac and Leya for your tremendous support of Citizens Project. We know you will take what you have learned here to leading the next generation of equality fighters. You will be missed!