The MAP President plays an essential role in the Mitty Advocacy Project as he or she is the one that organizes the plans for the MAP year, represents MAP as a whole, brings the MAP group together, and much more. This 2013-2014 school year, senior Sarah Stoch has earned the position of MAP President. I was able to conduct an interview with Sarah to find out more about her goals, interests, and anticipations as the new MAP President.
Why did you want to become MAP President?
Being MAP President gives me the opportunity to put my own personal twist on what our program has to offer. I really want to expand our group this year, as we already have, and gain more contacts in the Silicon Valley. As President I plan to focus on creating a strong group of students for the program as well as making MAP a fun activity for everyone.
What are some of your goals for the 2013-2014 MAP year?
Like I previously mentioned, my main focus of the 2013-2014 year will be to expand the group by recruiting younger kids from the freshman and sophomore classes. I want MAP to be a positive learning experience for Mitty students of all ages and in general, something they can enjoy being a part of. A lot of the younger kids at Mitty do not know their place at the school yet, and I hope to make MAP a home for a lot of those kids. In addition, I am working on planning local office visits to some of our Silicon Valley legislators and expanding our network base. We will also be working on the Ro Khanna campaign this year which will be very exciting.
What are you most excited about for the 2013-2014 MAP year?
Personally, I am most excited for the Washington D.C. trip this fall. I think that this will be a great opportunity for us to grow closer and more connected as a group. We will make some great contacts with students and legislators from all over the country, and it is bound to be an educational and exciting experience for the MAP officers.
What do you hope to gain from the experience of being MAP President?
As President this year, I hope to become a stronger leader and really make a positive impact on the people I meet in MAP this year. This is the kind of opportunity that I have been waiting for because I believe advocacy is so important, and as youth, we do have a voice! My goal is to help build confidence in those that do not believe they have a voice and guide them so that they can become strong leaders as well.
Did You Know? Sarah Fun Facts!
1) Over the course of her life, she has owned over 15 pets
2) She loves to ski and has been doing it since she was 4
3) In her spare time, she likes to write, especially creative writing
4) She met Taylor Lautner when he was shark boy at an acting
competition. She still has the shirt he signed.
5) Her favorite time of day is around 6-7 pm because the sun is
starting to set and the sky is colorful.
As the 2013-2014 MAP year continues, we would like to deeply thank previous MAP President, senior Katherine Kirst, for all the wonderful work she has done and accomplished, which includes organizing MAP’s first Youth Advocacy & Leadership Conference at Mitty this past January, helping plan and oversee CYAN this past March, speaking about MAP at Open House and 7th Grade Day, and getting MAP’s human trafficking students an invitation to attend the Stanford Coalition meeting on human trafficking in November of 2012.
Article written by MAP officer Brianna Mimms