By Ramisha Parvez, Blue Future Spring for Progress and Change organizer
Being a youth organizer is no easy feat. To make matters even more difficult, it is hard being a BIPOC woman in a field where there is virtually no representation of women who look like me. Because of this, I often lack the confidence that I need to make my mark on this world.
Political organizing is also no easy feat. You constantly feel disappointed or feel that your energy and time is being wasted because maybe the world isn’t ready to listen to progressives. However, that is where you are wrong. All across the board many progressive ideals are generally accepted by the public but the people up on the Hill will not listen. It is up to us to make them listen.
My time at Blue Future has taught me all of this and more. Through weekly trainings as well as the additional hours that I spent doing organizing work, I have learned how to mobilize and make change. Blue Future has also always emphasized diversity in a big way. From the first transgender state senator in Delaware to Senator Ed Markey, I got to hear from all kinds of people and their path to success.
Blue Future also greatly emphasizes support. The entire team works endlessly to make this program work for each organizer. This program extends way further than the two hour trainings given each week. From social media lessons by Rina to interview workshops by Maria and Morgan, there is so much to take away as a Blue Future organizer.
Lastly, Blue Future runs on passion. Each team member and organizer have a lot of drive and commitment. Passion is what allowed us to start and develop our own Youth Advisory Councils. Sitting in a zoom call at the end of a long day is worth it because nothing is more inspiring than being around a bunch of like minded change-makers.
This past Spring with Blue Future was my first real organizing experience. Over the years, I had garnered some experience in activism and Blue Future allowed me to take my past experiences and really solidify my skills in areas like digital organizing. I truly feel that Blue Future was the best place for me to do this.
For all my young change-makers reading this, please don’t be afraid to do whatever your heart desires. I have to admit that I was afraid of being a Blue Future organizer at first because I really didn’t think I would be an ideal person to carry on this kind of work. These past ten weeks really transformed me for the better. I was able to work on a project that I am really proud of as well as make a ton of new friends. Moreover, with the help of Blue Future, I was able to co-host an Abolition Teach In with some other organizers. I wouldn’t have ever had the ability or the courage to do something like this if it weren’t for Blue Future. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything else.
About Ramisha: My name is Ramisha Parvez (she/her/hers). I’m 17 and from NYC! I’ve been interested in politics ever since I was in 5th grade and honestly it’s been a really fun journey. I love being knowledgable about everything from local politics to national politics. Some of the issues that I am most passionate about are immigration justice, racial justice, as well as environmentalism. I am heavily involved in NYC politics as well as community organizing and I can’t wait to continue this work in the Blue Future affiliated NYC Youth Advisory Council.