Maddie’s Letter of Hope

As I write this, I am sitting in my house in Portland, OR, looking out my window at a hazy sky. The sun is rising, a bright orange orb. Outside, the air smells strongly of smoke. Ash is falling like snowflakes.

I am about to start college, and about to embark upon the rest of my life. But there will be more to consider in my future than just what career path suits me best – as a young person, thinking about the future can be terrifying. All we need to do is turn on the news to spark that all-consuming fear. With wildfires raging in the west, Houston recovering from massive floods, and Florida still reeling from Hurricane Irma, and Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria, I can’t help but wonder… What will the world in which my generation are adults look like?

About one year ago, I discovered iMatter. I was terrified for my future, and desperately seeking something to do. I think that’s how many of us found our way here – through that incessant drive to do something meaningful, to make an impact, to soothe our fears. But then I found something I wasn’t expecting: a family.

iMatter is a tight-knit group of passionate individuals who are making real impacts in their communities, and in doing so, changing the story that our generation is doomed. But beyond the dedicated work these iMatter leaders do, we are also a family that gives one another the space for healing and self-discovery that is so necessary for young people at this stage in our lives.

It was through this community that I have discovered that the future is not a hopeless case, that the world is not ending. In fact, it is just beginning.

I realized that we as young people have a choice about the kind of world we want to live in. We have the collective power to create it. iMatter is part of a movement of visionary youth and forward-thinking adults from all across the nation, working in our local communities to relentlessly, fearlessly, and unapologetically tell the truth about the risks we’re facing.

We hope that you’ll stand with us.

Maddie Adkins, iMatter Messaging Coordinator

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