Name: Precious Price
Location: Waterbury, CT
Q. Can you tell us a little about your life path? What are you doing in your career and community right now and what lead you there?
A. I grew up in and out of foster care in different Connecticut cities. I pursued my Bachelor’s Degree because I wanted to help others who suffered from trauma by counseling foster youth. After graduating, I worked in a couple of group homes where I realized that I was seeing the same problems over and over again, and many were the systems in which the youth lived in. I wanted to make a bigger impact of the lives of those in foster care so I went back to school for my Master’s Degree and studied community organizing. In doing this, I learned the importance of using one person to help empower a whole community.
After graduation, I went to DC to work on my passion for foster youth and changes for the child welfare community on a systemic level. I interned with Senator Chris Murphy’s Office and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute as a Foster Youth Intern, while writing to inform policy changes. After this internship, I returned home and am now working in a community where I spent much of my time growing up, Middletown Connecticut. I believe that my work as a community director for the North End Action Team will be a great starting point to working with a broader community than many of my past experiences, and hope that the knowledge that I have gained thus far with help me produce great work.
Q. What does young women’s leadership mean to you?
A. Young women’s leadership means creating a place for women in all spaces. It means that women are able and just as capable of being leaders as anyone else. To me, it means that young girls are growing up with strong role models that are teaching them that anything is possible, and that they can be at the forefront of issues that are important to them. Women’s leadership means working so that someone’s sex stops being factored into their failures or their accomplishments. Young women’s leadership means young women inspiring others and being inspired by other young women.
Q. Do you consider yourself a feminist? What does feminism mean to you?
A. I believe in equality of all people. I believe that women are just as capable as everyone else and should be valued as such, and I will fight for those beliefs. If that means that I am a feminist then, yes, I believe I am.
Q. What’s one piece of advice you’d give to other young women, ages 18-35, about how to build their leadership skills or the importance of becoming a leader?
A. I would tell them that they are already leaders and they already have the skills to be such. I would rather encourage them to find their opportunity and use whatever skills they possess to be leaders in their causes and beliefs. Leadership looks different in all fields, so I could not tell them what makes a great leader, but if I had to pick one thing, I would say passion. Being passionate about something will encourage you to learn all you can about it, speak about it, and try to make changes around it. So my simple advice would be to follow whatever your passion is, and the leadership skills will fall into place.
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