Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Come Meet Our New Director: Megan Smith

Hello GYM Members! My name is Megan Smith, and I am one of the new faces you will hopefully getting to know over here at The Green Youth Movement. I am so ecstatic to be coming on board as GYM's new Director, and I cannot wait to get the ball rolling with this awesome organization! For all of you current members: I am very excited to meet all of you and continue to learn about all of the amazing things you have already done, for all of you new readers: I am every excited to get you involved with GYM and get you as pumped about our cause as our current members are.

Little bit of background info on me: I graduated from the University of Redlands in 2007 with my BA in English Literature. I was always juggling as many things as I could: with a fellow student I helped re-establish our University's musical theater program where I acted on the Board as the Director of Events, I participated in our University's Chapel Singers which toured throughout Hawaii and California, I held various internships, and was lucky enough to play the lead in a few musicals. My career focus was on entertainment PR and special event coordination; I was fortunate enough to work with some of Hollywood's most elite celebrities at some of the industry's hottest events. While I loved every second of all of the glitz and glamor, once I graduated I really wanted to be able to use my skills to serve some higher purpose, which is what lead me to working with non profit organizations. I briefly worked as the Community Outreach Coordinator with an organization called Trash 4 Teaching which focused on teaching kids how to reduce, reuse, and recycle - this company is where I began my advocacy for environmental awareness.  Since then I have once again, been juggling...I still keep my foot in the entertainment door and can be found covering various red carpet events from time to time, DJing or MCing corporate events, and now and again you will still find me on stage when time allows!

When I discovered GYM, I immediately was drawn to it. As someone who considered myself a go-getter during my academic years, I was very impressed with Ally's ambition and assertiveness. It takes a lot of passion and drive to be a self starter like Ally, and I firmly believe that we need more youth like her to set an example and get the future generations fired up to take a stand and lead us where ever their dreams take us. I am very much looking forward to continuing on with all of the wonderful work Ally and her supporters have already done, and cannot wait to see all of the tremendous things I know GYM will accomplish!

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