By Benjamin Valle
Let’s be clear, 2017 was a very divisive year. With the impasse in Washington over CHIP and Immigration Reform in the Senate and the House of Representatives serving as a background of further legislative battles to come, the future seems very stark.
However, not everything is lost! Many community leaders, religious groups, youth groups, grassroot organizations and their respective communities, are actively engaged in a message of progress and cooperation.
I have come to know two of these organizations, the Association of Professionals and Students (APS) and its Regional Alliance of Students and Professionals also known as RASP, who are committed in promoting civic engagement through higher education and leadership.
According to APS National Director, Noel Ortega, “APS strongly believe in empowering the next generation of leaders with the knowledge required to attend institutions of higher learning,” and added, “while instilling the social values of service, justice, and fidelity in their professional growth”
Both associations are non-profit organizations created by The Light of the World International Director Naason Joaquin Garcia, under the unifying theme, “My profession at the service of my community.” And they seek to develop and strengthen existing community resources in the areas of education, social awareness, health, community affairs and immigration literacy with strategies to create, change and improve lives in their respective communities.
According to RASP’s Washington, DC Director, Olga Noriega, “The DC Chapter was created last January, since then the chapter has been active and has been working with more than 70 college and high students to create and support existing projects to better help and serve our community in the DC metropolitan area.”
With is fraternal message and values, these associations are actively promoting the values that make “Good Christians for God, Good Citizens for the World” said Jack Freeman, Assistant Director of Public Relations for the Light of the World Church in the United States.
Freeman added, “exemplary citizens that are making a difference in their communities and in the world. Values that illustrate that being Christians is not a label of mediocracy or stagnation, but one that promotes advancement and progress in every aspect of an individual’s life.” Characterized in the American Spirit of community building and selfless service, these organization seek to instill and actively promote social engagement and community building that translates into actionable results for their communities. The Leaders of tomorrow are here today!