Interview by Julia Ischinger | Submitted by Grace Mariacher Nomination & Photography by Josh Plus Jeanette Studio Western Pennsylvania
The Nomination: Grace is inspiring because she pushes people out of their comfort zone. Grace is welcoming to every person she comes in contact with and refuses to accept the norms of teen culture and cliques. She volunteers at our local coffee shop, fresh grounds, where she spends intentional time connecting with each person she sees on the other side of the coffee bar.
From Grace: "I have been going to the coffee shop since I moved to town when I was 7 and I loved just being there, so I thought well I'm here all the time might as well make myself useful.
Volunteering at Fresh Grounds is just so much fun between making smoothies to working with people that become family to greeting everyone at the register to just having a nice conversation and engaging with the people across the bar.
My main goal in life is to change/make an impact on people's lives and volunteering at Fresh Grounds is one way I am achieving that goal. My advice for people who want to start volunteering at local places is to always remember why you started and what you love most about it. Always remember the people you meet (especially at a coffee shop so if they say the usual you're not slowly panicking). Finally, always keep a big smile on your face!"
Grace was published in Issue 14 of Inspiring Teens Magazine