What it means to give back!
Here we are approaching the end of 2018 and heading into 2019! Like what!? 2019!? How did that even happen? As I sit here writing this I reflect back this past year in awe with all that I had the pleasure of being involved in and I am so excited of what’s ahead!
In 2018, one of my personal commitments I promised myself was that I would get more involved with my community and making the decision to give the gift of youth empowerment. I know what you are probably thinking… What does that even mean and what does that look like?
For me, it meant getting more involved with the Prescription for Change Foundation. This is just one of the non-charitable organizations Rodan+Fields partners with (including WE, Build On, Smith Family) across Canada, the USA and Australia. The focus is giving back to Youth within the community by supporting and empowering them to not only serve their own communities but to guide them on the road to leadership where they can make an impact! I knew I needed to be a part of this foundation so I needed to take action! There was an application process that needed to be completed to respond to a series of questions to demonstrate not only my interest but also my dedication to the Prescription for Change Foundation mission. Well, full circle accomplishment! I was selected amongst a large group of candidates to participate in the 2018 Change Maker Program. Come take a peek with me on my journey!
This, I would have to say, was one of the most humbling experiences I have yet to have! The Youth I had the pleasure of meeting had completed missions that I had only imagined completing! They inspired me! They inspired me to do more! It’s because of amazing humans like the ones I met on the Change Maker Trip that remind me the importance of teaching my kids to #DoGood so that not only can they grow up to be impactful human beings but also so that their lives can also be touched!
So you’re probably thinking how this all got started? How was I inspired? If you know the answer already, I know you watched the video! LOL! And well if you didn’t watch it, what are you waiting for? Go on! Press play!!!
I knew that if I wanted to be in a video much like the one above, I needed to step up my social responsibility and serve within my community. What would that look like? It can be so many things! For me it started off with volunteering at my kids school, getting together youth backpacks so that they were equipped with the necessities to stay warm during our cold winter months, volunteering at a homeless shelter, and donating food at a food drive. As I reflected, I realized very quickly that the smallest gestures of my donations, both monetary and time, not only made a life-changing impact in the lives of so many youths – it changed my life! Besides making a donation every paycheck (whatever I could afford), I also posted about the Prescription for Change Foundation on my social media pages. One of the social media events I participated in was #RFGoNaked. This is where participants around the world accepted the Rodan+Fields Challenge and posted makeup-free selfies. The response was overwhelming! So much so, Rodan+Fields donated $1 million (USD) to the Rodan+Fields Prescription for Change Foundation! How amazing is that!? I have to say one of the coolest things was seeing celebrities participating too! But, my biggest take-away was meeting youth with so many different backgrounds and walks of life – yet we are all the same!