Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

YOUNG ADVOCATE.(Sage)

Byline: COVER STORY BY BARBARA CHAVEZ

Elizabeth Silva Albuquerque High School

Leadership, speaking skills come naturally to Young Women United volunteer

Elizabeth Silva may not have a booming voice, but when she has something to say -- look out. As part of a teen program with Young Women United, Silva represented students opposed to having armed security guards at their schools. The Albuquerque High senior spoke several times in front of the APS school board.

"I hoped that what I was saying was being heard and understood," she says. "But I tend to get very emotional because it's so important to me."

She is vocal about all her causes, including her latest project: improved sex education in schools. …

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