Your Name: Caitlin Young
Location: Topeka, KS
NYAB Term(s): 2007-2008
Update us! What has happened to you since you last served on the NYAB?So much has happened! I continued to participate in Souper Bowl and looking for ways to help hunger in my community. After I graduated high school I went to the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk Jayhawk!) where I earned my Biology Degree. After graduating, I became a teacher and I am getting ready to pursue my Masters in Multicultural Education.
What are you doing now?I am teaching 6th grade science in Topeka, Kansas at a Title 1 middle school, where I laugh and learn everyday.
How would you say serving on the NYAB influenced your life?NYAB and the Souper Bowl of Caring opened my eyes to hunger and the social issues that tend to accompany hunger. But it also empowered me to make a difference and to not look at any issue, including hunger, as unsolvable. You can help someone no matter how young you are! It was an experience that honestly led me to where I am today.
Anything you would like to tell future NYAB members?As an educator, the issue of hunger has only become more important to me. Kids cannot learn when they are hungry, and when they can't learn they are set up for failure early. We need creative, fresh, and passionate minds that are willing to put their energy into helping their communities. This country has all the resources it needs to solve hunger, it just needs people willing to speak up and put in some work.
Final thoughts?One of the things I always loved about Souper Bowl is that everything goes right back into the community where the participants can see a tangible need being met. I was always touched at the generousity of the people in my town. One can of food can change a life.
Thank you, Caitlin Young! It was so good to hear from you. We are so proud that you have been a part of our team!