“I became a Summer Organizer because I was already talking to a lot of friends and family, but after hearing about people who were doing nothing but to defeat the President, I decided that I didn't want to just talk about it anymore. I wanted to do something and be a part of something bigger than myself,” says Summer Organizer Jicelyn J.
Jicelyn is a new Coloradan, having recently moved from Georgia to Southeast Aurora, and she’s taking the opportunity to get to know her neighborhood and neighbors while organizing to support President Obama. With turf that is half rural, meeting with her neighbors can take time, but it’s worth it.
After attending a State of the Union watch party in January, she received an email about the program – but it was more than an email that inspired Jicelyn to get involved.
“I woke up one day and realized that I am almost 30, and I have not been the responsible, contributing, impacting factor in my community, my state, or my country that I think I could be,” says Jicelyn (below in striped shirt, leading a Grassroots Planning Session). “I have friends who are not involved in anything besides going to work and having ‘fun.’ I want to be an example to my daughter and to those around me and say with my actions, not just my words, that it's important to stand up for what you believe in, that its' important to make a difference in their lives and the lives of their families.”
Hitting the phones and talking with strangers every day has been a challenge for Jicelyn, but she plans to be an expert organizer by the time the Summer Organizer program is finished.
“Change takes time,” she says. “Real change happens with you and me, then with our families, and our neighbors, and our friends across the street. “