“I joined Youth Central as a junior high school student because I was eager to find things I was interested in,” Maggie Chopra writes. “Youth Central’s ability to create this link between unique and diverse opportunities and volunteers seemed like the perfect resource.”
Maggie has volunteered with Youth Central since the summer of 2013. She is a part of three committees: TD Youth Earth Ambassadors (YEA), Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) and Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC).
“Representing the YEA at Calgary’s Green Energy Fair was a unique opportunity where we were able to demonstrate a new practical renewable energy source that converts temperature gradients into electrical energy, which can make cities like Calgary more sustainable,” Maggie writes.
“Through this experience, we received $2250 to continue funding sustainable innovation and making environmental change. It is rewarding to see that youth bring such unique and innovative ideas to the table; it has been a pleasure working with YEA for two years.”
Through her volunteer experience, Maggie began to appreciate the importance of her involvement in the community; from volunteering for small projects like our Get Happy Project to bigger ones where she and others research and build prototypes for new and unique renewable energy sources through YEA.
“Youth Central has been able to facilitate this link between youth and the community. Each interaction adds colours to my canvas and with all this experience, Youth Central has helped me to brighten and beautify my painting.”
“I have realized that bringing about change mustn’t always come at once, but changing one thing makes all the difference in the world. I wish to encourage others to integrate their passion and action together as one.”
Maggie has found her passion in helping others and volunteering at the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Canada. Maggie brings her experience learned from Youth Central to this commitment. Through her passion and empathy, Maggie has found a direction for her future educational path.
“Being paired with a woman who has progressive MS planted a seed in my heart and mind. I would like to understand why such disorders come about by focusing my efforts towards the neurological and biochemical sciences.
“Youth Central has opened doors to so many possibilities for interacting and networking with individuals in diverse situations and has truly made me a far more empathetic person, which without a doubt will forever be a part of my character and help me on my journey of helping others.”