Katelyn Hailey is driven by the people.
Hailey—who is 26 and works as a district representative for state Sen. Christine Kehoe—said she wants to help people see that change is accessible.
"I have the opportunity to help people understand how change is made, motivate them to use their voice and solve meaningful problems for the people, places, movements in our region," she said. "I'm fortunate enough to work in a field that features a lot of contact with a lot of communities, and I love to find out what issues are important to people, why, and how I can help."
She takes pride in being a role model for her teen sister and plans to stay on the road she's on.
"I plan to continue to harness my energy and enthusiasm to pave the way for my sister and her peers," she said.
Advice for young people:
"The best advice I can give to young and budding leaders (and myself) is this: Donate your hands, your feet, your skills and your voice as often as you can for the causes you believe in; surround yourself with the masters of your trade and don't be afraid to ask questions; build a support network of people you can trust, vent to, celebrate with and learn from; always perform like Olympic judges are watching; and most importantly, never believe that there's nothing left to learn."