Josselyn Garcia joined the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) at GUIDE, Inc. in 2010. YAB provides students the opportunity to create positive community change through various projects dedicated to the prevention of underage drinking and substance abuse. Josselyn was voted as the 2013-2014 YAB President based on her previous years of commitment to not only the organization, but to living a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle. She has also previously served as the Secretary and as a committee chair.
Josselyn demonstrates very strong leadership skills. As the President of YAB, she presides over all meetings, acts as the lead on all community events, serves on GUIDE’s Board of Directors and does all of the above with a positive attitude and dedication unlike many students her age.
A senior at Norcross High School, Josselyn was instrumental in starting a Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) club this year with the help of her teachers and peers. Because of Josselyn’s dedication, Norcross had a successful Red Ribbon Week in October with activities that included signing a drug free pledge, guest speakers, and programming for their freshman leadership program.
In addition to her role as YAB President, Josselyn continues to be involved in a number of other activities. She was recently nominated and accepted as a member of Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s (MADD) National Teen Influencer Group, out of only nine spots awarded nationally. In addition, CNN en Español and HLN’s Raising America spotlighted Josselyn and her positive influence in and around her community. She also participates as a youth staff in our organization’s annual summer program, Georgia Teen Institute.
Josselyn accomplishes all of the above while continuing to stay grounded in what she finds most important, her family and friends. It is evident by her relationship with the people around her that Josselyn is dedicated and loyal. Her loyalty extends to all that she comes across: GUIDE YAB, SADD club, her school’s honors program, MADD National Teen Influencer Group and her family and friends.
Josselyn displays leadership and vision on a daily basis, which continues to make an incredible difference in the lives of those around her. GUIDE is so proud of the impact Josselyn has had on her community. We are looking forward to continue to watch her grow as a leader in college and for years to come. Thank you, Josselyn, for being such a bright and dedicated visionary!