Shania Pruden is a nineteen-year-old Youth Activist, Blogger and Speaker. In August 2014, Shania started her blog, to raise awareness on Aboriginal Issues in Canada. But soon that turned into writing about awareness on Mental Health, Education, Poverty and Homelessness.
“I started a blog to reach out to those people who may not know or have very little knowledge of some of the struggles aboriginal people may face on a daily basis. I write about homelessness, hunger, domestic violence and mental health. The reason why I wanted to start a blog was because growing up I faced a few of these challenges and I feel like it’s something that shouldn’t be kept quiet but instead something that people can hear about and help make a change.”
Shania also turns her written words into actions and is a youth motivational speaker. Shania lends her voice to organizations that she is passionate about and has become a speaker for We Day, a stadium-sized event to inspire thousands of youth to be the change they wish to see in the world. Shania also donates her voice to the United Way Speaker’s Bureau – speaking to various businesses and organizations to help raise money for over 100 non-profit organizations in Winnipeg.
Shania has found power in using her voice to inspire, motivate and empower people of all ages to find their spark, light it up and keep it going. Shania is an Active Volunteer at 7 different organizations. A Youth Ambassador for the NorWest YouthHub and the Youth against Mental Illness Stigma (YAMIS) and We (Formally known as Free the Children)
“When I was younger, my mother once told me that you can either take the “alone” path or the “together” path. Growing up I was a quiet child, I didn’t talk a lot to people and I loved the idea of being alone. As I got older I realized that it is possible to do things alone, but it’ll take a long time to finish and you wouldn’t have much support, but when you work together you get things done quicker and you’d get farther than you expected and you have the support to help you achieve your goals.”
Here are a few of the quotes that Shania lives by:
- “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” -Martin Luther King, Jr
- “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” -African Proverb
Through her own search for role models, Shania has become a role model herself. In her journey to “Imagine the Possibilities” and to continue inspiring other young people to “Be the Change that they wish to see in the world.”