Hope Hoffman has been a member of the Governor-appointed Young Women’s Cabinet since its inception in 2017. She shared the following remarks at the Young Women’s Cabinet Celebration, concluding the group’s third session as a cohort engaged in leadership development, grantmaking, policy advocacy, and more to move forward the recommendations in the Blueprint for Action. 

Who the heck am I? My name is Hope.
I’m a third-year
Soon-to-be-alumna Cabinet member.
And saying this with nostalgia and gratitude,
I won’t say that I’m a completely different person than I was three years ago. I will say I’m the most myself that I’ve ever been.
That statement comes from a place of hardship, battle, and reflection.
I was 19 when I started this journey with the Young Women’s Initiative.
I was struggling physically with my health,
I was in an unhealthy relationship,
And felt alone and isolated.
Comparatively today at 22 I’ve triumphed an amputation,
I still struggle with my health daily,
But I don’t do it alone, and that wouldn’t be so if it weren’t for the people who are part of this Young Women’s Initiative.
We all came here together for a common goal of young women’s equity,
And though the brick wall that keeps us from achieving that goal still exists,
By simply supporting each other, we’ve knocked a few bricks out.
And I know far beyond the familiarity of a room on Selby Street
We’ll move wave by wave, mountain by mountain, and brick by brick together.

By Hope Hoffman, Young Women’s Cabinet

See more about Hope’s Young Women’s Initiative story.

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