As the 2018 Technovation submission deadline approaches, we wanted to share some warm words of encouragement from Kathy Martinez, a Technovation Student Ambassador from Chicago, IL who wrote this open letter to students currently participating in the program.
The Technovation season is nearing its end, but hopefully the friendships you made and the lessons you learned will last for many years to come.
I’ve had the privilege of working with groups of very passionate and determined girls during the duration of Technovation so far, and I am very excited to see what teams have accomplished throughout the season.
I believe every girl deserves a chance to change their communities for the better, and I am so happy to see so many girls participating in Technovation this year because I strongly believe it provides that chance. Every one of you is contributing to a better future for yourselves and for the communities around you. You are providing a voice and empowering individuals that are in need, and along the way you have become a stronger person and acquired invaluable life skills.
I know that there have been a lot of obstacles, but through all that you have all persevered and made it to the final stretch.
The most impressive part of all this, is that you took a chance that many are unwilling to take, but more importantly, you stuck with it –that in it itself is a HUGE accomplishment.
Thank you for being an innovator, leader, and an inspiration for myself and girls around the world.
Keep pushing forward, I have no doubt that every one of you can (and will) change the world.
– Kathy Martinez
Technovation Student Ambassador