Reasons for Hope: Roots & Shoots National Youth Leaders – Maya Yaffe
Our National Youth Leadership Council is a group of passionate young Australians who are dedicated to making positive change for animals, people and the environment. During the COVID-19 crisis, we asked them to share their thoughts, advice, and reflections. Read more below to get inspired learning how our youth leaders take on crisis and give back.
Maya Yaffe (NSW Youth Leader)
“My name is Maya. I’m part of the National Youth Leadership Council 2020, representing New South Wales. I’d love to share with you how I’m getting through this tough time.
“As a veterinary science student, I’m struggling with not being able to engage in practical activities in my animal anatomy subjects during COVID-19. It can be disappointing and demotivating at times. But what has encouraged me these past few weeks is the inspiring work that veterinary hospitals around the country are continuing to do for injured wildlife impacted by the Australian bushfires.
“It has reminded me that while it’s important to know the facts and reality of what’s going on in the world, it’s also vital to notice that these difficult times can bring out the best in people and communities. Seeing those vets and vet nurses work tirelessly to help animals and ecosystems bounce back makes me inspired to continue my studies and hopefully do the same in my future career.
“So, if you’re struggling to manage through COVID-19, think of what you’re looking forward to in the near or distant future, and remind yourself about it every day until you can do it again.”
Want to know more about the NYLC and to get involved? Contact the team on firstname.lastname@example.org or follow Maya on Instagram @mayayaffe_