It is great to see programs that aim to change the view of youth. In Youth in Action these youth have a say. Youth are put in a more positive light. Instead of hearing people tell them they cant, they hear a you CAN. In YIA youth find their voices. They are given the opportunity to become leaders. a quote that I really like was "Teenagers run our organization and are part of every decision, from approving our budget to choosing the color of paint on the walls to hosting the 2011 Free Minds Free Peoples conference this past summer!!”This gives the youth a sense of pride. The youth feel included in what’s going on around them. In YIA the youth have a voice, which to anyone is important. They learn to speak up for their rights. It is nice to see the wonderful impact YIA have on their youth. Marlie Chatelain who is 17 and a board co-chair said “I like that I am part of a place where there are so many different opinions. The trust, respect, and openness makes us stronger.” This statement shows that with a great support system anything is possible. With more programs like these change can happen and over time the view of youth will begin to change.