Letter from President of the Board of Directors
Six years ago I was invited to a meeting with other high school students who wantedto learn about human rights. We poured our hearts into creating a student group thatwould bring the world to Midwestern teens, what is now the Rock Bridge GlobalIssues Club. Looking back, my time in Global Issues shaped my future and expandedmy worldview.That is why when Nadege asked me to serve on the board for Global IssuesLeadership Development, I had no hesitation. I wanted to give back to an organizationthat had such a deep impact on my life. I feel like I have done that and more duringour whirlwind inaugural year.This first year has not always been easy. Paperwork, tax documents, 501(c) 3certification- it was a learning experience for everyone on the board. We perseveredand had a successful start because of the dedication of the board members, theunwavering optimism of our executive director, the support of the Hickman and Rock Bridge teachers, and the enthusiasm of the students.When I was in high school, the Rock Bridge Global Issues Club motto was the Haitian
proverb, “Beyond mountains there are mountains”. As I have continued to study and
travel, I understand that phrase now more than ever. Life does not have quick fixesand neither do the human rights concerns that GILD addresses. This may sounddismal, but it is really is a call to action. Working with these students reinforces myhope, because with youth this passionate I am certain they will change the world innumerous positive ways. As my term as president ends, I feel honored to have servedGILD and grateful for what it has brought to my life.