Welcome to Rooted Change! My name is Bryan and I am a Youth Programs Director at Excel Youth Zone located in sunny San Diego, CA and will be the main contributor for this blog! I have been working with social justice issues since high school and have integrated service as a part of my lifestyle.
The idea for this blog is to provide a platform for critical education. With all that is going on in the world today it is easy to become lost and hopeless when trying to tackle social issues. Often times we will join a new movement only knowing it will be the next big fad or we will volunteer our time without asking the critical “why?” questions. What is missing from most social movements today is the access to critical educational components that the average person can digest and formulate opinions/stances on. This is where Rooted Change takes the lead!
Each month I will focus on a single social issue. Throughout the month, I will provide you with multimedia of varying sources and opinions, weekly and monthly challenges, and tips/ways you can contribute to the cause. My hope is to help as many individuals as this blog can reach develop a passion for the social justice issues that they connect the most with. My goal is to make the layperson aware of these issues and introduce them to ways they can contribute to their local and global communities using positive sustainable practices to influence change.
In order to make change, we must encourage each other to start looking at the root causes of these social issues. Rooted Change: A Firmly Implanted Change!
The problems we face today, violent conflicts, destruction of nature, poverty, hunger and so on, are human-created problems which can be resolved through human effort, understanding and the development of a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. We need to cultivate a universal responsibility for one another and the planet we share. -14th Dalai Lama