Youth for Social Justice Club plans for the future amidst political polarization

Julia Nicholson, page editor

One of the ever-growing and ever-changing clubs that was featured in the activities fair this month is the Youth for Social Justice Club, led this year by juniors Amrutha Garimella and Kayla Yang.

Following the end of last year, when the club’s previous leaders graduated, an application was distributed amongst potential future applicants for the role to see who would take on the job. Having both been active members in the club last year and very passionate on the topic of social justice, Garimella and Yang were chosen to run the group.

With the activities fair over, the leaders are in quick preparation to get together a final schedule for the club among other details. “We’re planning on having meetings once a week, where we will talk about actual social justices issues and see what we can do to make our school and the community a better place,” Yang said.

What sets this club apart is its aim to bring students together regardless of their personal or political beliefs. “[The Youth for Social Justice Club is] a non-political club. We welcome everyone’s opinions and respect them because we don’t want people to feel like they’re not wanted [in the group]. We hope to facilitate group discussions where people feel welcome to share their opinions so that other people can understand different perspectives,” Garimella said.

As for what the rest of the school year holds for the club, both Garimella and Yang hope to incorporate more hands-on activities into the meetings. “This year, we’re hoping to do more than just have discussions- maybe get out and see the community and [have] fundraisers for other charities that help whatever issues our club wants to collectively,” Garimella said.

Although their schedule will ultimately be influenced by the group’s overall interests, the ladies have already begun brainstorming different possibilities. “So far, we’re thinking about what kind of volunteering and different trips we can do if people are interested. Like visiting a jail and discussing incarceration rights and the discrepancies on that,” Yang said. “It’s one thing to talk about and it’s another thing to take action.”