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Growing up in a small town in California, I was highly involved in my community through student and youth leadership. When I left for college, I lost that sense of community and my mental health began to decline. I was unaware of the signs and fell into a rut that I didn’t know how to get out of. Then I began volunteering, which made me feel good enough to recognize that I had some work to do. I went back to coaching and realized that I had to help people in my career in order to feel truly fulfilled.When I graduated college, I went straight into working for an outdoor education nonprofit that primarily serves students from Appalachian Ohio. My time there helped me realize my passion for helping individuals who struggle with hunger, homelessness, and access to equitable education. I am so happy to be a part of the Project Helping team and to have the opportunity to make a positive impact on individuals and communities while combating mental health stigma. In my free time I love reading, swimming, being outdoors in general, and have a firm belief that any time is ice cream time.