Pursuing New Experiences
YE4C’s first editorial board was in place from February 2020 through June 2020. The group was made up of 10 young people from around the country. They helped organize and improve content for the YE4C website. They also created content for YE4C and gave feedback to federal agencies. We invited each editorial board member to reflect on their time with the editorial board and to tell us more about themselves and their hopes for the future.
Today’s Inspiring Story follows Omar Jamil. He is a rising high school senior from Mississippi. He is always in pursuit of new leadership and volunteering opportunities with eyes on the White House for the future.
What made you interested in the YE4C Editorial Board?
It has been my life’s work to be a public servant to our nation – whether that be through helping my community, leading organization, or guiding my school’s clubs. I find joy in making sure everyone is content and feels heard. The Editorial Board was an opportunity for me to make an impact through the lives of countless teenagers. It is a platform for student engagement that allowed my perspective as a student to be a resource for others. I could also channel my journalism and leadership experience into being a tool for student help and guidance.
What was your favorite part about being on the YE4C Editorial Board?
I helped gather, select, and create, and review content for the YE4C website and federal agencies. My favorite part about being on the board was being around the other awesome members. I appreciated the dedication many members have for the general well-being of youth in our nation. Despite the differences in our lives and our schedules, we made time to meet each other. It was difficult at times but rewarding.
What have you been doing outside of working on the YE4C Editorial Board?
I have many different interests. For example, political activism, leadership, global networking, photography, music, and journalism. I have been able to combine and pursue these interests wholeheartedly in different ways. I was accepted into the Harvard Summer School Program last year and am supposed to study at the Stanford Summer School Program this summer. I also served on the Mississippi Board of Education. I was the only current student representative at the time. Last school year, I also served as my school’s Executive President. That role was awesome because I could work with my own school. I also spend a lot of time volunteering and serving the community. I helped raise $18,000 for the children of Le Bonheur Hospital. These have all just been different ways I have been able to channel my passions and ambition to do something beyond myself.
What are your long-term goals?
Law, medicine, politics. Or a combination of the three. A big stretch? President of the United States. A realistic stretch? President of the United States.
What advice would you give other young people who have similar ambitions?
Sounds a little cheesy, but “carpe diem.” Which is Latin for “seize the day.” Your ideas and passions are important so don’t feel like you can’t go after them. I would also say to keep a positive mindset.
What are you doing this summer?
Hang out with friends… at a safe distance. I’m also taking some summer courses. And most importantly, making many memories before senior year.