For the past three years, I have had the privilege of working along side a group of students called The A-Team. The team organizes and leads community projects throughout the year on social issues such as fighting hunger. I would like to share with you the character of the team. Not many people know much about what they do or who they are so the following will be an introduction of The A-Team.
The A-Team fights hunger at the local level in their community of Ventura County. The major project that they lead is an annual community food drive for Ventura County’s largest food bank. At the end of 2014, the team raised 3,713 pounds of food which provided about 3,094 meals for our hungry friends. For the past two years, the three food drives that the team has led have totaled 9,346 pounds. This is an accomplishment in its self, but the team understands that there is still a lot of work to do to live in a world free of hunger.
A successful team starts with getting others involved in the cause. The team has impacted the lives of many individuals, children, and families. Not only the friends who are receiving the food, but the people who they inspired to be a part of something bigger than themselves, whether it is a couple or an entire neighborhood. The team has empowered others to make a change through asking them to give whatever food donations they can for the food drive. A seed of change has been planted and the community is making a difference. From day one, the power of youth has been alive and well in doing good by reaching out in the community and showing people they can be champions for change.
One virtue that the team has consistently shown is courage. The A-Team has the courage to say that they will no longer tolerate what is happening to our citizens, especially our most vulnerable by covering thousands of houses in neighborhoods across the county, while some may not have the courage to fight for others and moving forward for the common good. These students have the human potential to achieve any goal as a team and as individuals to do whatever they want in life. Their individuality and drive to be better and do better is the foundation of the team’s success. The A-Team is a light of hope in the fight against hunger in our community and I look forward to what the team will accomplish with their never quit attitude.
Every person, especially a young person, has the ability to stand up and make a change in the world. First hand, I see what it means when youth take action because they are our future leaders. The A-Team has a strong passion for helping other people. Their acts of compassion are marked with some of the greatest human beings in our history. Maya Angelou, Father Gregory Boyle, Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King, Jr., Margaret Mead, and John Wooden, The A-Team is in their class.