Mythbuster: Josselyn Garcia
Why I think it is important for Kansas government officials to operate in the light of day, rather than in secret, behind closed doors:
Josselyn is an advisory board member, youth staff person, mentor, and an advocate with MADD and SADD.
When she was in middle school, Josselyn began volunteering with a youth action team, planning community service projects and recruiting other youth as volunteers.
When she entered high school, she became a member of the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) for GUIDE, a substance abuse prevention agency and the Gwinnett Coalition for Health & Human Services. As a freshman, Josselyn was a dedicated member of the YAB, always showing up for meetings and projects, volunteering to take the lead on community service and prevention initiatives, contributing thoughtful and creative ideas and insight."
"She always led by example, not for attention or notoriety, as she mobilized other youth volunteers to participate in various projects," says mentor Mary Kate Chapman.
As a youth staff for the Georgia Teen Institute, Josselyn has mentored other youth action teams around Georgia to develop strategic plans for their own community service and prevention activities.
Josselyn brought her passion for preventing underage drinking to her high school by spearheading the creation of a SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapter, incorporating underage drinking prevention into the Freshman Mentoring Program and developing a prevention PowerPoint for the school’s Advisement Program.
All of these actions were behind the scenes, but they touched the lives of 2,900 students at Norcross High School.
Through her volunteering with MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), Josselyn was nominated and accepted as one of nine members of MADD’s Power of You(th) National Teen Influencers. These teens were selected based on their dedication to underage drinking prevention in their communities.
Over the next year, Josselyn and her fellow Teen Influencers will provide input and direction on MADD’s efforts to bring more teens into community service related to their mission.
Josselyn is also completing the requirements for the IB Diploma, including 150 hours of Creativity, Action and Service at the National Honors Society. She remains modest about her many service accomplishments that are motivated by her sincere desire to change conditions in her school and community for the better.