SAYA Young Women's Leadership Conference 2017

For the past three years at SAYA (South Asian Youth Action), I have organized the annual Young Women's Leadership Conference. This year I am prouder than ever because it was actually the young women themselves who organized it, and it was our best conference yet! Through the experience of imparting my organizational skills to the young women and watching them exceed my wildest expectations, I saw how important it is to have faith in the potential of those whom we seek to serve to empower themselves. Rather than assume we have to steer the wheel, sitting in the passenger seat to guide and support them as they find their own voices and express their needs and desires is not only more responsible and ethical, it’s also a lot more fun and rewarding!

Sarah Rashid