Empowerment through Service
May 17, 2018, 10:28 am
Jose Tomas Marin-Lee, SJA Class of 2021
Saint Joseph Academy’s (SJA) Rotary Interact members attended the Fourth Annual M.O.V.E. (Missions and Obstacles Vary in Everyone) Youth Leadership Conference on May 1. Hosted by the Baptist Child Family Services-McAllen (BCFS), its goal was to raise awareness about bullying, goal setting, and to improve the self-esteem of those who attended.
BCFS Regional Director of South Texas Marissa Cano said, “We want the youth here in the Valley to know that no matter what obstacle or problem they’re going through, they’re not alone.” Students from across South Texas participated in interactive workshops and activities that addressed health wellness, overcoming obstacles and positive thinking. Sessions of self-empowerment and acceptance led by Extreme Youth Leadership taught participants how to advocate for change in their community.
Personal testimonials were given by Austin poet Zell Miller III, American Ninja Warrior Abel Gonzalez, Hidalgo County Director of Victims Unit Rosie Martinez, and McAllen March for Our Lives protest organizers Andrea Ramirez and Valeria Arguelles. SJA Rotary Interact Club moderator Ms. Mary Beth Martin said, “Attending this conference certainly ties up with our Rotary motto of ‘Service Above Self’ since it has opened the doors for us to be involved in service projects from different organizations.” Next year, club members will be able to attend the Rotary District 5930 Youth Leadership Conference in South Padre Island, Texas.