What do you do when despite all your best efforts, life throws a curveball and your great plans fail? If you ask Mahir Rahman on the Roots & Shoots National Youth Leadership Council, he will tell you to get back up.
Mahir credits his ability to “bounce back” to several sources of modeling and inspiration he’s had in life. Most close to home, he thanks his parents and his sister who despite the struggles that came with being a low-income immigrant family from Bangladesh, “sacrificed everything to ensure my personal growth.” Other people he looks up to include the likes of Beyoncé and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for their “progressive thought and creativity.” As Mahir will share with us in his story of forming a Roots & Shoots group during a pandemic, adaptability, learning from failure and “bouncing back” are the keys to his success.
When Mahir first began introducing the Roots & Shoots program to his high school in Florida, the world was unknowingly on the cusp of one of the largest pandemics of this century. Attending an incredibly competitive school program, he aimed to INSPIRE a better sense of togetherness and collaboration amongst the student body through a Roots & Shoots service group.