As the saying goes, more practice makes perfect. As I like to say, more practice makes progress. I am beginning my second year as a Youth Representative for Augustinians International and am starting to see progress in my work both personally and professionally. We’ve focused our initiatives the past year on human rights crises, like Congo and South Sudan, and education, like Model UN programs, and have made great strides in our research and proposals. Yet, beyond the surface I have learned so much more than that. I’ve learned to critically think, ask questions, form valuable relationships, see the other side, and–most importantly–lead with love. I hope to continue developing these learnings and explore new ideas. I feel far more confident navigating the UN and NGOs are understand the intersectionality between the two. Of course, like any institution, there are barriers that need to be broken through, but after a year I have a greater understanding of how NGOs can play a role in the UN and how impactful our voice can be. This year, I’d love to see an even bigger impact and I think Fr. Dueweke’s position on the committee for Spirituality, Values, and Global Concerns will present new opportunities, broaden our horizons, expand our network, and create a larger platform. I’m looking forward to another exciting year with Augustinians International and feel truly blessed for the wonderful team we have. Cheers!