One of the most frequent questions I get asked by young Americans is: “How can I get involved and make a difference?” It’s an excellent question. As the next generation of leaders, we are gifted with raw passion and determination to do anything it takes to better the world. While we don’t always have millions of dollars or employees to work for our cause, each and every one of us has something just a powerful—a voice. One young woman in particular is making sure her voice is heard.
This week’s “Women Working to Do Good” showcases Erica Ngoenha, a recent University of Florida graduate advocating to raise awareness about extreme poverty and preventive diseases worldwide. Through her volunteer advocacy work, Erica is spreading the word about what we are doing to help foreign nations and helping encourage young leaders to do more. The author writes,
In the past, the word advocate has evoked images of someone with a clipboard trying to force uninterested people to sign a petition, but today with women like Erica behind the helm, there’s much more to it. Her abundant creativity and outgoing personality make advocacy something anyone can get behind.
In her quest to educate others on the necessity of foreign aid, Erica has amplified her voice to hold the strength of millions. She’s a living example of how to ‘do good’, get involved, and make a difference.
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Ronnie Cho is an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement.