“I know that this is the change that began somewhere deep inside me when I first read about Iqbal and realized the comfortable North American lifestyle I enjoyed was the exception rather than the rule. Since then, with each decision I’ve made to learn more about the world, and each attempt I’ve made to change it – whether by speaking out, working with Free The Children or empowering young people through Me to WE – I’ve become more and more committed to this way of life. In becoming involved in the struggle for children’s rights and youth empowerment, I’ve learned first-hand how all of our actions have incredibly important consequences for those around us, both next door and halfway around the world. In the process, I have come to understand that the challenges we face are collective ones, and that all of our victories are shared.”