Introducing the New Youth Enacting Change
Hello, and thank you for taking the time to check us out! Whether you’ve supported us before or you’re just finding us, welcome. We’ve taken a long hiatus, but now we are back and better than ever.
Youth Enacting Change was founded in March 2018. The students of March for Our Lives OKC came together to create this youth organization aimed at bettering the state of Oklahoma. Over the course of the next few months, our members would speak to political groups across the state, volunteer on numerous campaigns, attend several protests and rallies, and continue to raise awareness for issues like gun reform and education funding in Oklahoma.
After the midterm elections, our group fell into a hiatus while our leadership decided to revamp the organization. After a couple of months of planning, we are excited to announce some big changes to our group.
Our new mission statement states “Youth Enacting Change is a nonpartisan organization with three main goals: educate, advocate, eradicate. We educate Oklahoma youth on politics and how to get involved. We advocate for laws and policies that will benefit the people of our state, especially young people. We work to eradicate political apathy and ignorance among our peers.” In accordance with our new mission statement, we have decided to split our group into two branches: educate and advocate. Members are allowed and encouraged to participate in both branches, but it is not a requirement. This allows members to get involved specifically in the parts of politics they are interested with.
We are saddened to announce that our co-founder, James Limbaugh, has temporarily stepped down as co-president, but he will continue as a member and avid supporter of our organization.
Near the end of last summer, we elected a new vice president, Brenna Sawney, as well as a new secretary, Doran Walters. Both students will continue their duties now as we return from our hiatus.
Several original leadership positions, such as College Representative, High School Representative, and Middle School Representative have been terminated and replaced with new positions. Two new jobs have been added to the executive team: Advocacy Team Leader and Education Team Leader. Rebecca Yanez has filled the position of Advocacy Team Leader, and the position of Education Team Leader has gone to Abigail Agag.
Other new leadership roles include Outreach Coordinator and Social Media Director. Matison Wood is taking the role of Outreach Coordinator, and Noah Paul is filling the position of Social Media Director.
Another change coming to the YEC is the opportunity for members to write opinion pieces and articles to be published on our website. With this change comes two more leadership positions: Editor in Chief and Art Director. Montana Sutton has been chosen as Editor, and Carissa Lovell as Art Director. You can learn more about old and new Youth Enacting Change leaders on the About Us page of our website.
Thank you to everyone who gave us the opportunity to speak to them and with them about gun reform, education, and healthcare throughout the past year. Thank you to the politicians who met with us to discuss how they could better serve the youth. Thank you to everyone who has supported us since before we were even an official group. And thank you to everyone who is supporting us now, as Youth Enacting Change enters its second chapter.
With much love,