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Human Rights Club: Past, Present, and Future

By Gwendolyn Fruehauf,  SGI Student Reporter

It always feels magical finding a purpose in life. A purpose that you found in the past, but still hold on to. A purpose that will still be with you in the future.

For Amy Stabell and Sam Yetter, two high school students, they found a purpose a couple years ago, in middle school, after joining Human Rights Club.

“From that, it makes me want to do more for the world,” Stabell said.

Yetter jumped in saying, “It made me feel grateful. It’s like, ‘It’s so cold in my house.’ Well, there are people who have no jackets, no clothes. Or, ‘There’s no food in our house.’ Well, there is food… you just don’t want to eat it. Where other people are starving.”

Stabell and Yetter found their purpose. But how? What path did they travel to get to where they are today? What did they do to find their futures?

“I remember doing Walkathons and penny drives…,” Amy said thoughtfully. “We did a lot to raise awareness.”

“My favorite part was that I got to learn about different instances and how our life is actually so much different than other people,” Yetter said. “Because you know… you know our life’s different than other countries, but you don’t realize it until you’re in that point of view, and you can feel it… feel the pain that they feel.”

Even though Stabell and Yetter have since moved on to new chapters in their lives, they will never forget the wonderful memories they have from Human Rights Club, and what those memories mean to them.

“It’s like when you throw a rock into water,” Stabell explained. “All those ripples turn into a wave, eventually. Everything makes a difference. So if all these people put effort in to make a tiny little difference, we can change the world.”

She continued, saying, “It’s not necessarily about us going out and changing the world. It’s more about changing ourselves on a more personal level. If you change, you can make more change. That little ripple is just educating yourself.”

Stabell also discussed what her past experiences mean for her future.

“There are things that I would do now that I wouldn’t do before, because I just have a better background on the things that I have and other people don’t have,” she said. “It plants a seed in you that you have a hard time getting rid of.”

And like a planted seed, this feeling grows, ever-changing, but never stopping. You can’t help but want to go out into the world and make a difference.

These two girls found their purpose, and so can you. If you are interested in joining Human Rights Club, see Mr. Beiter at the middle school. High school students are also welcome.

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