Honoree Spotlight

Journei A Barlow-Howard

Age: 17

I live in: Chicago, Illinois

College / High School: Whitney M Young Magnet High School

Three words to describe myself: Empathetic, funny, passionate

A quote I love:
“If you’re always trying to be normal, you’ll never know how amazing you can be” - Maya Angelou

A book I love: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

A civic superhero I look up to?
Ava DuVernay

Overview of the project they are working on right now that includes the impact the project is making.

I helped out in a number of ways as a member of the Civics 2030 Launch Committee, including securing nominations for honorees and inviting speakers and organizations. I am also building a Student-Law Enforcement Unity Group for CPS High Schools and police stations they share a district or community with.

Why I am excited to join Civics 2030
I am excited to join Civics 2030 community because it’s time our country’a systems protects and provides for all US citizens equally and everyone in the Civics 2030 community knows Gen Z can get it done.

My vision for the future of American democracy
My vision for the future of American democracy is one where there is transparency and trust between everyone, people receive equitable treatment, and public service isn’t synonymous with making profit.

The kind of superhero I am striving to become
I want to be one that is well versed in the unique impacts of different forms of injustice on different groups, so we’re all moving forward together.