Alexius Smith – Illinois Nomination by Fallon Photography by Sarah Jane Photography Issue 62 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination Revised by Alexius: Hi I am Alexius Smith! I mainly go by Lexi. I am 18 years old and I am apart of many community organizations. I am the host of a podcast funded by Young Leaders in Action. I am also a part of a violence prevention group called SIMP that helps raise awareness about violence going on in my community. I have also been promoted to the Chair of the Action Team at Young Leaders in Action. With my next accomplishment I am apart of YAC with CGTI. I have also been awarded volunteer of the week by the state of IL, signed by the governor.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? The next inspiring thing I will like to discuss is that I am also apart or SADD at my school. I have been on TV with the news advocating for violence prevention due to my father passing away due to gun violence in front of my old home. I never wanted a kid to go through this so I do the best I can to prevent that by helping in the community. I also got a certificate in litigation at Brandeis University at the age of 17 because I am an aspiring lawyer. I am taking criminal justice classes in order to be a lawyer at my local community college and I am currently in my second year. I have also been on honor roll for all four years.
What else would you like to talk about? Other things I will like to talk about in my interview is what made me the way I am now , I also will like to talk about my goals in life. The last thing is I want to talk about pressing issues that are going on and ways a community can effectively address them.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? I would present a topic about dating safety. The reason why I would present this topic is because there is many risks within relationships and a lot of feelings involved. I have been in my relationship for 14 months. It gets easier, not because we ignore each other, it is because we both know it’s us two versus the problem and not us two against each other.
Look for Alexius in issue 62 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!