As a racialized young woman trying to make it on my own in the GTA, I didn’t have much guidance or opportunity to grow. I struggled with substance abuse and mental health issues for most of my teenage years and early adulthood. I didn’t have a safe space to talk about my lived experiences and I would turn to the internet, spending hours reading and comparing articles to try and understand what I was feeling and experiencing. I know what it’s like to feel isolated, misunderstood and interact with systems that oppressed my voice. I also know how important it is for youth to see themselves in research, and see themselves in the people doing research. Because of this, I believe that ethical, intersectional research is a building block for creating resources and support systems that empower youth. I aim to offer youth a place where they are truly listened to and feel encouraged to explore their strengths and skills. I’m able to bring an intersectional perspective to this committee, as I am currently studying to be a feminist counselor for marginalized women and children, and I understand the importance of honouring the multiple identities that each youth holds. In my free time, I like to read memoirs, watch shows, and spend time with the amazing people in my life.