Fostering the Female Voice: Freshman with early effect on Young Womens Club

As older generations look back in their high school yearbooks, vivid memories of their teenage years begin to rush to their now wise and nostalgic minds. Flipping from page to page of the old, thick book, they see euphoric and animated pictures, reminding them of a time when they could only dream. A time when they were so passionate about a hobby that nothing else mattered. They see parts of themselves who affect them today. The people of whom they shared friendships with and the clubs they were part of. These clubs included science and technology, art, and the most common, books, where the smartest kids spent their days. Only cliché clubs in which only specific people could be a part of. Those clubs, only a diminutive variety of which exist in today’s world. Never would those older generations think that their future children would have clubs that would give their children the right to speak up and make a difference in their community. Nonetheless would they think of a club dedicated to helping women to use their voices. This club would now be called the Young Women’s club and one girl would leave an enthusiastic impression on them. 

“The whole point [of the Young Women’s Club] is to make women role models in the community,” Lily Claire Kroll, freshman and member of the Young Women’s Club, said. “We’re trying to get girls at the school inspired to go out into the world and be confident.” 

All around the world, girls of all different backgrounds and cultures fear the right to speak up and have a say in what goes on in their community. The Young Women’s Club inspires girls to change this by teaching them to speak up in their community.  

“I heard about the Young Women’s Club at freshmen orientation when I went to their booth and met some of last years officers,” Kroll said. “It seemed like such an awesome concept, but I really got committed when I went to the first meeting.”

Kroll is new to the club, but she has already made an impacby participating in little ways.

“I’m not an officer, but I’m hosting a YWC meeting this month at my house,” Kroll said. “It’s not really about being in charge of the club for me, I just enjoy being a part of a super fun and encouraging atmosphere.” 

The Young Women’s Club not only encourages girls to use their voice, but to support other girls around them in a positive way. The club has a tradition where they each write something positive that’s happening in their life and put it in a cup. The presidents of the club then read it and the members snap in support of whatever’s happening.

“Snap cup seems super cliché when you first hear of it,” Kroll said.“But it’s always something fun to get excited about whether it’s supporting someone getting into college or simply acing a math test.”

Kroll uses this tradition as a way to make other members in the club feel welcome and confident, but this is not the only way she effects others. 

“[Even though] Lily Claire is in so many extracurriculars and she works hard towards everything she does,” Riley Robinson, freshman and member of the Young Women’s Club, said. “She is an amazing asset to the club and is so fun to be around.” 

It’s only Kroll’s first year in the club, but she has already make a positive and encouraging impact on many other members in the club. 

“Lily Claire is a very strong and independent person,” Robinson said. “She has made a difference in my eyes and I can rely on her whenever I need her.” 

Written by Sophia Portillo

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