D.C. Youth Mayor Addison Rose ’23 Wins Emerging Leader Award
On December 6, Addison Rose ’23 accepted the Emerging Leader Award from the D.C. Office of Human Rights. The award is given to three leaders under 30 years old “who exhibit extraordinary leadership in human rights awareness raising through advocacy, the arts, education, networking, outreach, or other similar activities.” Rose, who was recently elected to her second term as the D.C. Youth Mayor, was nominated by her colleagues at the Marion Barry Youth Institute. According to the Institute’s website, this year-long appointment is designed to “train District of Columbia youth in the concepts of leadership and self-development.”
Rose began her acceptance speech by thanking her parents for teaching her to “have a heart for service” and to “speak up when I see an injustice.” The senior hopes to major in political science on a pre-law track next year as she leaves The Holy Hill and contemplates what’s next in an already impressive political career. “As young people,” she told the crowd, “we must understand the importance of doing something now instead of waiting until tomorrow…. Our future is being affected by the laws passed and overturned daily. If we don’t act now, how can we truly ensure that our future is positive?”
Through her extensive work in D.C., Rose is determined to raise her voice to call attention to issues facing America’s youth like mental health, financial literacy, and gun laws. After struggling with her own mental health in middle school, Rose found that being of service to others helped her persevere through a dark time. That’s why she chooses to be a voice for her generation, she says, and why she works so hard to affect change in her hometown of D.C. and in America as a whole.