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January Staff Highlight: Adam

January Staff Highlight: Adam

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How long have you been with Youth MOVE Maine and what is your position?

Since February [2016] I have been involved with Youth MOVE Maine, and am part of a team of Youth Support Partners (or YSPs) – our role is similar to that of a peer mentor.

What about Youth MOVE Maine and the work that happens here inspires you?

YMM is a very unique program, and the only program that I am aware of, of it’s kind. The work that our team does is inspiring, in that all of us here believe in hope, and believe in second chances, and in acceptance and equality.

The MOVE in Youth MOVE Maine stands for Motivating Others Through Voices of Experience, what does that mean to you?

There may be only one best way to learn something – by direct experience. The next best way to learn might be through those who can offer insight on relatable experience.

When you think back through your time at Youth MOVE Maine what is a fond memory you have?

A good memory is created every time a young person who was initially uncomfortable with expressing, finally feels safe or ready to open up and share their thoughts, ideas, feelings & emotions. When you see someone smile [or get excited] who you have never seen smile before, and who seemingly may not have smiled or been happy for some time.

If you could do anything to change the world, what would you do?

A way that I would like to see the world improve: for people to attempt to adopt a more open-minded, non-judgemental approach to the way they interact and communicate with one another. One way this could be achieved is by more often practicing values like tolerance, understanding & patience, and also to acknowledge the importance of compromise.

What is your New Year’s resolution this year?

For the new year, I hope to stay faithful to appreciating what I have, as opposed to what I do not have; being grateful, and remaining aware of people’s different perspectives and continuing to appreciate their individual situations.

(This post may have been edited for length or clarity.)

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