An open letter to our America:

We’re students, athletes, believers, siblings, friends, and most importantly Americans. In the past week we’ve seen our communities lose sight of the ideals we value most. It feels like everything breaking apart, that we’re divided when we should be united. The people we want to stand up for are our neighbors, friends, and siblings, but it feels like we can’t even stand up for ourselves. They always taught us in school to value multiple opinions, diversity, and to stop bullying when we see it. The older we get it feels like not everyone’s on the same page. Like everyone’s listening to what they want and not what everyone needs. People are scared and maybe it’s justified, but we must not let it dampen the future (and Thanksgiving dinner conversations).

All Americans, all Hoosiers, all cities, and all families should feel welcome and included.

We want everyone to feel safe and come together to work for a brighter future that everyone regardless of where they come from can live and participate in equally. All Americans, all Hoosiers, all cities, and all families should feel welcome and included.  These are ideals that we are constantly working on and want everyone to help us. Come learn how we can come together at the ICADV Youth Summit. The Youth Summit is a platform for youth voices across the state of Indiana to come together and discuss issues that are meaningful and develop plans of action. We’ll see you in June.

Signed by,

Kayla, Sarah, Mary, Lauren, D’Janae, Isa, and Kyleimag1705

7 Comments

    • Cierra Olivia Thomas-Williams

      Thank you so much for all of your kind words of support! We appreciated your feedback!
      Love,
      The ICADV Youth Council

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    • Allison Zimpfer-Hoerr

      Thank you for sharing these words. You all inspire me!

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    • Allison

      Thank you for sharing these words. I’m inspired by each of you.

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    • Meredith

      So proud of this group of young adults. They are setting a great example for adults and youth of America. I might be a little bias though.

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    • Name

      So proud of this group of young adults. They are setting a great example for adults and youth of America. I might be a little bias though.

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    • Megan Schueler

      Luv!!!

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    • Rebecca Moore

      Well spoken! This is a refreshing take on what we are seeing all over social media. I am very proud of you standing up, speaking your minds and keeping it neutral. Regardless who our candidate was, we still have to move forward and embrace our neighbors. We have freedom of choice to make our decisions, and we should not punish our neighbor for the decisions they make. Thank you for all you do!

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