My time at YTI before my senior year of high school meant the world to me. Even though it's only been two years since, I can safely say that YTI changed me and the path I’m supposed to follow, through not only the things I learned, but the lifelong friends I made. During those three weeks, I took classes in “Nonviolence and the Dangerous Politics of Jesus Christ” and Food Justice while living in an intentional community with 30 other high schoolers from around the world. Prior to YTI, I knew that I cared about equanimity among people, but the three weeks at Emory taught me how to arrive there through religion as a whole. YTI focused heavily on social issues, mainly race issues, privilege, and how to work against the “Powers That Be,” and systematic oppressions, just as Jesus did in his time: with compassion and kindness. My food justice class, along with the class about the refugee experience took a field trip to Jubilee Partners in Comer, GA. This summer, I will continue my fight against Powers That Be with Jubilee Partners. Jubilee is another intentional Christian community, though this one is focused on service rather than YTI’s focus on education. I will teach new immigrants to the United States English, work on the farm to promote sustainable living, and protest the death penalty, all while developing, exploring, and challenging my Christian faith. I cannot wait to shift my focus from school work to what I really care about: making a difference in places I didn’t know I had a voice in until YTI. I look forward to continuing to find my voice and make it heard with the skills I learned at Youth Theological Initiative.