This week we highlight another amazing friend and supporter of Love Infinitely Project, Sarah Yercich. She has been such an incredible friend to us over the last year. We are grateful to have such beautiful souls who believe in our mission.
Sarah is a college professor of Criminology at Northern Arizona University and will soon be teaching courses for the Criminology department at Simon Fraser University in Canada while she pursues her Ph.D.
How did you first hear about Love Infinitely Project?
I stumbled upon Brenda on Twitter. Once I started to get to know Brenda, she introduced me to the Love Infinitely Project. Honestly, getting to know Brenda seems like one of those connections that was supposed to happen because otherwise a cause that has become a large portion of my life would be missing.
What drew you to the project?
At first, I was just interested in exploring a new possibility. As a glorified nerd (aka academic), I am always interested in learning more about good causes. What truly drew me to LIP above other causes are the compassionate, loving people who are involved and the focus on the cause. I am a social scientist. I am also an animal activist. I have spent my life research and fighting for the rights of victims and populations in need, but people and animals. LIP is great way to reach out and help those in need. I will always be an advocate for a good cause. Especially one that centers around love.
What are some causes that you are most passionate about?
- I find myself consumed with many causes. In relation to working with people, I am a victim advocate, a youth mentor, and a warrior against injustice.
- I have worked with youth who were transitioning from detention to a lower level of care. I spent my days trying to teach them skills for how to succeed in life without crime, as well as showing them support that was not present in their families. Even though I no longer work there, I am involved in many organizations that support the rights of children and youth, as well as spend a great deal of my time researching what works in the treatment of juvenile offenders. I have a hard time grappling with the thought that youth are anything more than kids. They are not monsters, and I will always fight to ensure that everyone is given a childhood. Even those who do not deserve it in the eyes of the law.
- I am involved in movements related to intimate partner violence, both physical and non, victimization, and abuse. No one should be subjected to violence, abuse, coercion, or control in their own homes, with their loved ones, or in society in general.
- I am an ally of the LGBTQA. Many of my friends, students, and loved ones are a members of this community. I am active within the community to bring more attention to the cause. No matter who you love, you should be given your rights as a citizen, free of hate crimes, and given all of the benefits awarded to other groups. This Friday I am participating in the “Day of Silence” on the Northern Arizona University campus. I am proud to stand alongside my LGBTQA family as an ally for their cause.
- However, the cause where my passions are the greatest is that of animals. When I was 5 years old, I stayed up past my bedtime and watched a documentary on how they kill, process, and turn animals into our meals. I was horrified. I have lived a cruelty-free lifestyle ever since. I have been a vegetarian and an animal rights activist since I was 5. By the age of 7 I was adopting every needy animal in site. Now, I have progressed to being a vegan who is part of the fight for animal rights through a cruelty-free lifestyle and activism.
If LIP funded a trip for you, where would you like to go and why?
That is a tough question. There are so many places I want to go to aid people and animals in need. I don’t think I could weigh one need above the next, but I would be open to go anywhere in the world to help those in need. There is no point to life if we don’t help out our fellow man, woman, and animal.
Are there any topics you’d like to see covered on the blog or campaigns LIP should start?
I would be interested in aiding L I P to further examine the option of campaigning against and blogging about victimization, differential treatment, and abuse of animals, women, children, and other compromised groups.
Follow our lovely friend Sarah on Twitter: @sarahbelove