Coming into high school, I struggled with wanting to be involved, but not knowing how to. Then, YCI came up as an opportunity. I was elated to have this chance to join a community that was so closely knit and like-minded, but also very welcoming.
YCI is also a breeding ground for networking. I have made so many connections through YCI that I could not have made anywhere else.
Most importantly, YCI has made me feel like I am a part of something important. Like I am doing my part, no matter how small or big, to help the community and the environment in any way I can. That feeling of importance, personally, is a joyous feeling.