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Young Trailblazer Nominee

Mario Wilson

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My Black Colorado Interview

What schools do you attend and what grade are you in?

I am a Sophomore attending Colorado College.

What do you think others would say that they like the most about you?

Others would say they like how I am grounding, caring, and passionate about the things I love. The reason for this is because I use my time to work on projects that I care about. Mostly, I am an aspiring healer. I want to care for my community. It grounds me and I want to help heal the parts and people I love most in them.

When you are not in a class, what are the things you enjoy being involved with? 

I enjoy fitness, eating out at restaurants, volunteering, hiking, and cooking for others. Also, I love to make Herbal medicines with those who I am close with. These activities allow me to break from how busy my life is and offer me space.

What is the best advice someone has given you recently?

“Pour into and celebrate yourself.”

What is one thing you want to get better at?

I want to get better at communicating how I feel and patience.

What do you think is one piece of advice that you think adults need to hear, to help them connect with the younger generation better.

May they listen before they judge.

What accomplishments or awards are you most proud of?

One accomplishment that I am proud of is earning my 200hr Yoga Certification. I worked hard during my first year of college to finish it while juggling academic classes. However, I define my accomplishment by the joy I bring others.

What impact have you made in the community that you are most proud of?

My pursuits bring health and wellness to those who look like me. Over the years, I have conducted a lot of programming to bring health and wellness to people who look like me to provide them with a sense of control and gain skills to cope with adversity and trauma. I want them to find peace with themselves when life gets tough. I want to teach people that they are capable of healing themselves.

What do you think you want to do for a career?

I want to become a birth worker in the form of a doula or midwife. Also, I want to be an entrepreneur in health and wellness. I don’t see a lot of black and brown people filling health and wellness spaces. I want to ensure that Black communities specifically are cared for – that we can heal ourselves and support each other, especially when “health and wellness” mean too many Black mothers die in labor.

What role did your family play in where you are today?

My family is those who I love. They have supported me in my aspirations and have given me the tools to succeed in the ways I want.

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