Duque: Youths inspiring

December 24, 2012 

Youths inspiring

Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

The thoughtful, committed citizens I have on my mind and in my heart today are members of Enloe High School’s Student Council, which held its Charity Ball on Dec. 15 at Marbles Kid Museum.

I am humbled and inspired by what I witnessed. Nine hundred young people not only from Enloe but from high schools across Wake County attended, and the council’s leadership presented InterAct with a check for $50,300!

For months, these students raised funds. And every bit as important, they raised awareness, having real and open conversation with peers, parents, faculty and the community about domestic and sexual violence.

Vice President of Service Erika Martin said, “To see my peers inspired for this cause has been perhaps the most rewarding experience of my life.”

The band was playing Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” as I left: “Take my hand and we’ll make it, I swear.”

These extraordinary young people are our future. They leave no doubt in my mind that we will make it, and that we’re in the best of hands.

Leigh Duque

Executive director, InterAct

Raleigh

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