Using Music and Art to Create Change
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 Akira Sky. She is 16 years old and from Los Angeles, California. As a high school junior, Akira hopes to be a singer/songwriter who uses her platform to speak out about social justice and inclusivity.
Tell us about your time on YE4C’s Editorial Board.
Sure! Starting from the beginning, I was interested in joining the Editorial Board because I wanted to give back to my community. The board was an opportunity to positively impact change and make resources more readily available. It brings me joy knowing that my actions may have a ripple effect and make another young person’s life more manageable. On the board, I mainly edited YE4C content and am currently working on creating a video resource list for kids looking for artistic training during the quarantine.
What has been your favorite part during your time on the YE4C Editorial Board?
I love being able to work with peers to help others our age. YE4C is such a valuable resource for students, and I’m grateful to have met such an engaging group of board members. I know that we were able to make a difference.
Specifically, one of my favorite things that I did was host an Instagram live session about managing COVID-19 related anxiety and stress. It was cool being able to use social media and my position as a teenager to help connect with people across the country during the quarantine. YE4C is constantly striving to reach as many people as they can with the best resources that they can.
What kinds of artistic activities have you been involved in?
Well, a big reason why I am working on making a resource list about artistic training for kids is that music and the arts are such big passions for me. I have been involved in singing and songwriting for so many years. And, I’ve been lucky enough to compete and win awards for it lately. For example, I won the ACT-SO Nationals Gold Medal in Music Competition last year. I also won a few other awards for my singing and songwriting. I’ve also been able to get involved with acting too. I currently star in “Junk Drawer Magical Adventures” on Universal Kids Network. I’ve been doing it for the last few years and that’s also been fun. I enjoy finding different ways to use my creativity to give back to others.
What are you planning to do this summer?
I’m going to try to have the most fun I can while quarantined. Hopefully, I’ll find somewhere to safely roller skate or swim. I also like to play animal crossing with my sister and play different instruments, like the ukulele, guitar, and piano.