Interview with Youth Advisory Board – Ali Bradley

Ali is center in the black t-shrit and sunglasses

How old are you?
17

What school do you attend?
East High School

What is your favorite subject in school?
I’m very passionate about science, not just hard chemistry or biology(though I do love them). But the science of learning about people, the mind, and society is what really has my heart. “Soft sciences” or the social sciences have always been my favorite.

What is your favorite activity outside of school?
Outside of school I’m always doing some sort of community event while trying to engage with and meet new people.

What is your favorite song?
Still Rock and Roll by Billy Joel

What is your favorite movie?
John Carpenter’s “The Thing”

What is your favorite book?
Set This House On Fire by Matt Ruff

Who is your role model and why?
I don’t consider myself to necessarily have role models but an old supervisor of mine, Eneri Rodriguez, is as inspirational and impacting as any role model can be. She has inspired me to be an individual in a world where people are scared to be. She has helped me to develop my views on the world and most importantly, she has inspired me to change the world. I hope one day to be as punk, inspirational, and just generally as cool as she is.

Where do you want to go college and why?
I’m really hoping to go to college in California. It is a rich state and the birthplace of ethnic studies, which is the major I hope to pursue. I want to experience the entire world, and I consider the large state of California as my running start.

What do you want to be in the future?
I firmly believe we are never done growing up. My only goal for my “grown” self is to say that I have done something to better a person, a community, perhaps a world. When I am grown up I want to dedicate myself towards a message of helping, no matter the size.

What do you like about being a part of Speak Up, Speak Out’s Youth Advisory Board?
SUSO has given me lots of opportunity to develop new skills in addition to exposure to new places and people. SUSO has been incredibly helpful in developing my level of critical thinking especially in relation to communities. I love the immense amount of learning I have gone through with Speak Up Speak Out.

Will being a part of this Youth Advisory Board help you as a person, if so how?
Perhaps what I do like about the Youth Advisory Board is how it has helped me as a person. The work we do promotes genuineness, connection, and community. These were not all things I valued as much until I became part of the Youth Advisory Board. These are also values essential to being, in my opinion, a good person.