“It is up to us. It is up to you.” By Courtney Greenley

(A Day in the Life of a Global Visionaries Assistant Program Manager)

STRANGER:  So what brought you to Seattle?

COURTNEY: I am working for a small non-profit called Global Visionaries.

STRANGER: Oh!  I have never heard of it…Does it have something to do with eye care?

COURTNEY: (chuckle) In a nutshell, it coordinates a youth leadership program that culminates to an immersion experience in Guatemala.

STRANGER: Wow.  That sounds really neat.  So what do you do there?

COURTNEY: I create future global leaders.  And what do you do?

STRANGER: (Silence)

(The Monologue)

COURTNEY: I, Courtney Greenley, have breathed, worked and lived behind the scenes of Global Visionaries (GV) for the past eleven months.  Every day, the staff of GV straps up their work boots and prepares themselves for what they think they will be doing on that particular day.  Unbeknownst to them, a jackhammer will be outside the window all day, the server will crash and the phones will not stop ringing.  Without dropping a beat, the GV staff shuts the windows, blasts holiday music, recovers the server and cheerfully answers the phone.  Who does that?!  The answer is simple: A passionate team of people who believe in creating a just and sustainable future through youth leadership.

(The Moral of the Story)

NARRATOR: Global Visionaries is a community made up of individuals who strive to create change.  This may be as small as buying direct trade coffee, or as large as coordinating a World Water Week.  There are 365 days, 52 weeks, 8760 hours, 525,600 minutes in one year.  Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mahatma Gandhi lived by the same rules of time, but what they did with their time was undeniably remarkable.  Even Gandhi couldn’t snag a time-turner from Hermione Granger.

Marian Wright Edelman challenges the nation addicted to electronics and fast food.  “A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back – but they are gone.  We are it.  It is up to us.  It is up to you.”  The clock is ticking…and what do you do?


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