I am a Senior in the college of LS&A studying Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. I joined Books for a Benefit because reading has always been an outlet for me to escape from stress and be completely absorbed in another world. I wanted to foster that passion for reading in young students, and Books for a Benefit's direct service opportunities were a way for me to engage with youth all around Southeastern Michigan. I understood the mental health benefits of reading because of my firsthand experience, but throughout my time planning Books for a Benefit's member meetings while I was the organization's Event Coordinator, I began to understand how pivotal literacy is in shaping all aspects of a person's life. Social issues are complex and multifaceted, with issues in education being no exception to that. Issues including poor health outcomes, likelihood of ending up in the prison system, and chances of escaping the cycle of poverty are all deeply entangled with issues in education. By providing literacy resources and support to students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, BFB has become part of the movement towards advancing equitable opportunities in education, and I'm very proud to be a part of it.