The moment my passion found me, I was 11 years old and on the beach in Florida. I saw yellow stakes in the sand where sea turtles had nested. Since that day, I've been working on sea turtle conservation.
He had been to Honduras six years earlier to work with OYE, and he knew what to expect -- perpetual heat, 24/7 sweatiness, and inevitable sunburn. Lakin was unsurprised that so little had changed since his last visit.
It wasn't until I mobilized a theater group for female survivors of gang rape at the hands of rebel army soldiers who murdered their parents in front of them that I truly learned what self-expression means to the future of democracy.
Strife-ridden societies aren't furnished with peaceful town squares. I'm talking about my girls and me sitting in the dirty corner of a church, creating a temporary space from scratch with our presence.
"I have six girls that I really mentor... I'll pick them up and just spend time with them because I'd rather them be with me, a positive role model, than... doing something that could possibly get them in trouble."