Welcoming Sage to the Prevention Team!

Sage, a new Project Respect summer staff on her first day of work!

Sage Lacerte is a young leader who enjoys making a difference! She loves teaching others and talking to new people in order to always have a fresh way to look at things. Sage is heavily involved in her community whether it is teaching younger students at school, helping out at local events, or playing free concerts around town where she always enjoys meeting new people and trying new things. She is very interested in music and developing her musical abilities through independent practice, group sessions, band rehearsals and community involvement. During her second year in high school Sage received 3 scholarships for her hard work, dedication and community involvement throughout the year. This is her first time working with Project Respect and she is incredibly excited for what is to come. Her goals are to use her strong personality and good work ethic to create positive change wherever she goes. Positivity is not a single action, but a lifestyle.

Coming into this I wasn’t sure what to expect, but as the first day is coming to a close Ive realized that this work space and the people in it are incredibly open minded and kind. My hope throughout the summer is to get to know everyone a little bit better and widen my knowledge about sexualized violence as well as different forms of prevention and support for those who have experienced different forms of violence. I personally have always had an interest in speaking with youth to change stereotypes and labels before it becomes the norm for them. This project is a perfect example of people going out into the community and making a difference, and is exactly what I love to be apart of.

Being in high school definitely helps you see how prominent violence is in our culture. This is really odd to me. Throughout my three years in high school I have accumulated so much information from friends, peers and young students who would like to share their stories of different forms of violence that they have experienced with me. Although these stories have been overwhelming, I’ve come to appreciate the sense of openness within the community about these issues and have been humbled from being apart of the healing process for many.

This summer will open my eyes and mind to the many possibilities that healthy and positive youth can accomplish when set on the right track. I admire the work that has been done in the past, what is going on in the present, and what is to come in the future.

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