#1 – I’m here because I want to make effective and meaningful change

I am here because I want to make effective and meaningful change in the world. Last year I spent 6 weeks working as a page in the vermont state house and I witnessed change in action. It was so inspiring to me that as soon as I left I got online and started to look for more opportunities like it. One day my principal brought me into his office and told me about What’s The Story and I immediately realized that it was exactly what I was looking for.  

I feel that as a citizen in the United States my job is to collaborate with people and give my opinion. Our government is set up in a way that our country is for the people. Because I have the freedom of speech I want to use it as much as I can and I think that Whats The Story is a really good way to channel that. It’s hard not to get frustrated with stuff that is happening in the government today, and that is why I am putting so much energy towards making my voice heard.

I am really excited for the next year because I think that I will not only learn about important issues, but also how to make my voice heard and convey important messages. My hope for What’s The Story is that I come out of it with a understanding of how to draw attention to important issues and make effective change.

I am wondering what we can do to make as much change as possible. I know that a lot of people work really hard to make change and it doesn’t always turn out as successful as they would have hoped. I think that we are such a smart and strong group that we can do a lot of good and I’m really excited to get started. I love that were going to be making documentaries because I think that if they are made right they can really connect to people. As I was talking to my peers at the kickoff meeting I was inspired because they were all so smart and knew why they were there and what it meant to be a good citizen. I know that we can make a lot of change and i’m so excited to get started.

Alaena Hunt

5 Responses to “#1 – I’m here because I want to make effective and meaningful change

  • Alaena,
    Thank you so much for this post. Your writing is specific, personal, and well-explained. I appreciated your detailed stories and the way you explained the progression of events that inspired you. I am excited for you to hone in on specifically what is inspiring about collaboration and how you (and all of us!) can find more opportunities to collaborate in our daily lives. What does that look like in the grand scale of things? Just some thoughts to think about! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and expressing your hope. I cannot wait to see what your work with WtS turns into!


  • Aleana,

    So glad your principal reached out to you. And I think that this year’s experience will help you see how a group can come together and create a successful social action project and documentary.

    Your next step will be to think of what you would like to do, what specifically would you like to change or, at least, influence? So as you think about this, think about our exercise on the first day: What’s got you ticked off? What injustice do you see occurring around you? Where are people deprived of voice or opportunity? What’s something that is happening that is wrong? Or harmful?

    Explore. Don’t make any decisions, just consider and dig deeper on topics that really move you.

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I look forward to working with you. Let me know how I can help.


  • I love how being a page inspired you to want to do even more to help the community. I’m so excited to be working with you in WTS, and I can’t wait to see what we’ll do. I also agree that the first meeting was very cool, and how everyone is so inspirational. See you soon!

  • Hi Alaena, I love what you wrote and I am so excited to work with you at What’s the story.
    I hope you will end up changing something in this country because I can feel you determination in your writing

  • Colleen Kiley
    4 years ago


    My favorite line from your post is: “I know that a lot of people work really hard to make change and it doesn’t always turn out as successful as they would have hoped.” I love this honesty and acknowledgement of how challenging change can be. I look forward to following you on your journey!

    (English teacher at Mount Abraham Union HS in Bristol)

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