Elleny Ayano

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Before I began working with The Young Women's Project, I was extremely shy and found that I wasn’t so great in public speaking and writing. I was also very bored since after school I would normally either go home or volunteer in the community in order to gain community service hours. After working here for about 2 years, I can honestly say that I have gained confidence through the various opportunities I have experienced at YWP. Just to name a few, I have been given the opportunity to testify in front of DC council members about various issues youth face in the city, communicate with and educate my peers about sexual reproductive health topics and overall gain skills to become not only an advocate for myself but also for the people around me. During my time here, I have been able to not only see a positive difference in my own personal life but also in the system. Things have changed for the better with many of my peers because of the work we have done. Overall, I am glad to be a youth working to a make a change and I look forward to constant growth as I continue to be part of such an amazing team!