Where Are They Now:
We check in with our impressive young Bright Future Award recipient to see how she continues to make big change.
Angela Chuang’s dedication caught our eye in 2014 when she received our very first Bright Future Award for building a school in Ecuador. We checked in with Angela to get an update on her leadership program and advice for other young people looking to change the world:
Angela volunteering at a Red Cross blood drive at her high school.
How has your leadership program “LUV” -- Leadership Unification Vision -- helped train the next generation of young leaders?
As of right now, we are aiming to contact my school district's superintendent before school begins with a formal proposal to select 20 tenth-graders from my school and another. After months of training, these students will be challenged to create their own project to make their lasting impact on our community. The program will be focused around "Equity" since universal education has always been the issue that I'm the most passionate about.
How did your experience at We Day shape your future endeavors and how do you plan to continue giving back?
With AP classes getting harder, it's been a bit tough to stay motivated, but We Day gave me that extra push I needed. We Day inspired my club to challenge other youth to ignite that spark within them and make a change.
We Day was one of the best experiences of my life, and it never fails to motivate me to try to become a better leader and person.
Can you give any examples of small actions that have led to big change?
Free the Children emphasizes youth empowerment, and that is the epitome of "small actions that lead to big change." When someone is empowered to serve as a leader or create change in the world that creates a chain reaction by positively affecting and inspiring the people around them.
What advice do you have for other young people who are looking to create change?
The three words I live by are "Leave a Legacy." Sometimes, wanting to create change in the world seems like a ridiculous goal, especially for young people. Don't let this stop you.
Throughout my experience with Free The Children, I've received immense support, yet occasionally I have gotten "Why do you do this? You're too young to worry about it." But I promise that no matter what someone tells you, change IS possible no matter how old you are.
Whether it's having a bake sale, volunteering at a marathon or soup kitchen, or starting a club at your school dedicated to change, if you have that passion within you, change is much more possible and tangible than some people realize.
No one should ever interfere with your goal because one day you will be able to look back and say you made a difference. Leave YOUR legacy.
New Leaders, like Angela, continue to inspire us. We admire how they’re working to create big change, so we created the Bright Future Award to recognize and encourage their efforts.
Tune in August 21st at 8/7C when We Day comes to ABC Television Network and see inspirational figures, like Common and Jennifer Hudson, celebrate other young people working toward a brighter future.