When I first volunteered in the video department, there was a point when I was the only girl. I remember trying to encourage the last girl to stay on the team. I felt alone but I knew I was where I belonged and hoped I could encouraged other girls to join the team. When I was promoted as head over the video department, I wasn’t sure how the volunteers would accept me, most of them where men. Overtime, the teams of people slowly changed and new people signed up and I made sure to put a photo of a girl running camera on the cover. When one women came to see me to sign up she asked, “Is this a man’s job?” I of course said, “No, women can do it too, I’m actually ahead of the video department.”
I am proud to say we now have 13 women and 23 men on the team. I see how being apart of the video team has helped some girls come out of their shells. It’s given those who are naturally shy a voice and a community of people to be apart of. I love when I see new friendships developing. I realized I was able to be that example for other women, that they can do video production too. I am thankful to be part of a church that saw potential in me when I couldn’t see it. Now as a leader, it’s our job to do the same, no matter their gender or age.