Goodyear teen hoping to empower her peers

Millennium High School incoming junior Madison See, center, visits with junior facilitator Vivek Ravi and her group facilitator, Gavin Imes, at the Hugh O’Brian (HOBY) Leadership seminar.

Goodyear resident Madison See is active in her community and at Millennium High School, where she is an incoming junior.

The 16-year-old holds positions with student council, and the Key and Environmental clubs. She participates in March for Our Lives and Climate Strikes protests through Zero Hour Phoenix. See is also on the Goodyear Youth Commission and attend summits regularly like the AZ League of Cities and Towns and Governors Youth Leadership Day.

Recently, thanks to a scholarship, she visited with other like-minded teens at the Hugh O’Brian (HOBY) Leadership seminar in Phoenix, which she called “amazing.”

“They try to empower all the teens who have the leadership potential in the schools to just stay driven and harness that potential,” she said.

“It was really amazing to meet the other students in the state who are passionate about different issues, to see that passion when they were speaking about it, and that was what impacted me the most. We see so many negative things in everyday life. To hear that message was really inspiring.”

The seminar encourages students to be the best version of themselves and lead others in serving their community.

Now, See is hoping to extend her involvement and attend the HOBY-hosted World Leadership Congress in Chicago. The seminar emphasizes empowering students to become global leaders and combat world issues. The WLC 2019 is July 20 to July 27 on the campus of Loyola University Chicago.

“However, the price of attendance is not cheap,” she said. “I live in a single-parent household with my dad, and he works two jobs just to pay the bills. Paying for me to attend the World Leadership Congress would be amazing, but given our current financial situation, it is just not very plausible.”

She needs to raise $1,825 by June 28, via GoFundMe, Students from 14 countries are expected to participate in the annual event.

“I’m hoping to bring the inspiration of other students around the world back to Arizona,” said See, whose siblings live in Washington state with her mother.

See’s dream is to attend Stanford, where she would study environmental or political science — or even tie to two together.