Baruch College freshman Hurmat Hashmi, 17, was both thrilled and nervous the night of October 7th. With her mother Aalia Siddiqa and RAP Executive Director Brooke Richie-Babbage (photo) cheering her on, Hurmat gave a short speech at the Catalog for Giving’s 20th Anniversary Gala at The Pierre about how her work as a RAP youth leader has enriched her life.
She shared that, “Thanks to the Catalog for Giving and the Resilience Advocacy Project, my budding passion to become a community activist has grown tremendously. I have discovered that I am amongst the young people who have the capability to promote positive social change in our society.”
Hurmat is one of RAP’s dedicated youth leaders. She has worked with RAP on several projects through YouthVoiceNYC, and joined RAP’s Board of Directors in 2013. Additionally, she moderated our panel discussion Solutions not Suspensions this past March, which explored alternative options for school discipline.
At the gala event, Hurmat met many interesting people who, like her, are trying to make a difference. These are the spectacular young people who, she said, achieved their personal growth as young adults. Hurmat feels RAP and the Catalog for Giving share the same goal of transforming lives and enabling NYC youth to become stronger in their communities.