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Every Story Matters

Published March 16, 2022

The final entry in this year's Youth Now blog series comes courtesy of Sadaf Sediqi, who's serving as a board member with Richmond Addiction Services.

Sadaf's Youth Now experience has been enhanced by the relationships she's built along the way, both with her fellow youth leaders and her board mentors.

Originally from Afghanistan, Sadaf recognizes the power of individual stories. Our life experiences help shape who we are, and give us each a unique perspective on the world. As Sadaf evolves as a community leader, she hopes that her story - one that's still being written - will inspire others to find passion and purpose in their lives. 

Of course, it's a reciprocal relationship. For Sadaf, the Youth Now program is an opportunity to share her story, but it's also a chance to learn from her peers and mentors. Their perspectives are different from hers, which makes them valuable. She'll no doubt find something in each of them that broadens and enriches her own view of the world.

“You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it within himself.” — Galileo Galilei

My name is Sadaf Sediqi, and I am proudly participating in this year’s Youth Now program, hosted by Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives.

Through this program, I am also thrilled to be part of an organization that dedicates its mission to the well-being of everyone in our community, and the implementation of compassionate and accessible support for individuals: Richmond Addiction Services.

I started volunteering at a young age. One thing I've come to know when volunteering for a community in need is that every leader has a story. The background of who they are and how they came to be is powerful in bringing unique perspectives into the organization.

For me, it was a deep appreciation for all the role models I had growing up. Simple insights into why mentors do what they do, and how small actions can lead to large impacts, made me realize that channeling your inner energy into a cause or sector will ultimately lead to a purposeful and rewarding connection that continues to give.

Therefore, joining Youth Now was straightforward for me. I value impactful relationships
because we can learn so much from one another. This was evident in our mentor-mentee roles. We received new perspectives to a challenge and a helping hand as incoming board members.

Another highlight was the opportunity to network with other leaders in the program, and develop meaningful connections with like-minded peers. Together, we've attended and participated in numerous Youth Now conferences, projects, and networking events.

In addition to the program, being a board member allowed me to further educate myself on topics that I otherwise wouldn't have looked into. Becoming equipped with this knowledge and skill set is pivotal for addressing assumptions and stigma held in our daily lives, and helps to encourage personal and communal growth.

Lastly, I would like to thank Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives for the opportunity to participate as a Youth Now Leader and for fostering connections between community leaders.

I’d also like to thank my board at Richmond Addiction Services for providing an inclusive and innovative environment for the well-being of the community, and for being the catalyst of a better future.