This post is part of a special Women’s History Month series highlighting 31 community advocates (one for each day in March). The words on the feature image above were chosen by the interviewee when asked to select three words that best describe her role in the community.
For more information on how you can get involved, follow the links provided at the end of each interview.
Full name and age: Ashley Marbella Noble, 17
Your cause(s)/organization(s)/profession(s)/passion project(s):
Executive board member for Youth Speak Collective and senior at Sylmar High School
Why do you choose to focus on the Valley and do the work that you do?
I live in the Valley, so I try to contribute as a member of my community. There is a need to invest in our youth, and I want to lead as an example and motivate them to continue in developing themselves and the community.
Why is it important for women to share their passion with the community?
In mainstream media, there isn’t much depiction of women following their passions or recognition of their accomplishments. I was fortunate to have met and worked with other women, especially at Youth Speak, who have helped me and fellow young women counteract that. They encouraged us to take initiative and act on what we thought was important.
It is important for women to share their passions with the community because our representation has so much impact in empowering and propagating confidence in young women.
If you had one wish for the San Fernando Valley, what would it be?
For the people — especially the youth — to invest in themselves and their communities. It’s in our nature to do this on some level, but if we were to consciously keep these values in mind and focus our energies on developing the two symbiotically, then the outcome would be a renaissance in every sense — not to mention, the Valley’s long-existing diversity and cultures have the potential for some AMAZING creations.
Where can we find you online?