It takes a lot of people behind the scenes to make VOX the place where teens speak and Atlanta listens. We spoke with long-time VOX volunteer and supporter Alyssa Lasseter about her work here.
How did you get connected with VOX? I’m passionate about working with children and youth-serving organizations. I came across VOX during an employment search several years ago and started volunteering with VOX to keep connected with that passion. I’ve been volunteering with VOX for the past five years – I started by typing up articles for the electronic database and then transitioned to volunteering with Girls Group.
What is your favorite VOX memory? The first Girl Code event because the girls in Girls Group really stepped into those leadership roles. They facilitated some really intense and personal conversations and created safe spaces for girls who weren’t already a part of VOX. The event illustrated VOX’s compassion and care.
Why is VOX important for teens? VOX is unique in the way that we engage teens as equals in programming and planning. That’s one of the most valuable ways to engage young people in our community, regardless of age. Many organizations don’t take the time to engage young people, or if they do, they don’t respond to what the young people say. VOX goes out of its way to address anything that teens bring up.
Why is VOX important for the community? Because of VOX, there is a group of teens from different backgrounds who are getting to know each other from different parts of the city, bringing a variety of experiences. They are willing to learn from each other even when there is some disagreement.
Why do you choose to support VOX? It’s a safe space for young people. Having an uncensored space to hear the voices of youth is important to our community.
What are three words you would use to describe VOX? Fun, meaningful, empowering
Thanks Alyssa! We are so grateful for the many ways you support VOX!