Thomas James Nash II is a senior at Brother Martin High School and is extremely active in his church, school and community.
Nash’s church, St. Peter Claver, is a large part of his life. There, he’s on the council for youth ministry, where he plans meeting topics and assists with events throughout the year. He strives to be a great example to the younger members of the youth ministry.
At Brother Martin, Nash is the secretary of the Key Club, executive member for the student ministry team, a member of Catholics Reaching Out in Selfless Service (CROSS) and the Imani Team.
Teen CROSS’ biggest event of the year is World Youth Day, which was held in October last year at Loyola University. Along with another member of Teen CROSS, Nash gave a talk to seventh graders on decision-making.
The Imani Team is designed to connect local African American Catholic youth in the city and to educate them on their roles in the Catholic Church. The team also builds bridges so that youth from different backgrounds can interact on an Archdiocesan level. “The little things that I have done, like talking at retreats or at school-wide events, excite me because I know that it’s helping somebody,” says Nash.
“To me being an activist is just standing up for what one believes in with great confidence,” says Nash. “Also, a successful activist who’s going to make the world a better place always has to have a positive mindset and the quality to truly dream and see the dream coming true in the future.”
One of Nash’s most rewarding volunteer experiences was when he helped clear a woman’s yard because other people were using it as a dump site. She had gone though a lot over the past few years and was still struggling with the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Nash was able to clear out her yard, and she was very appreciative.
Nash says, “When I help out in the community, I’m only doing what I would want someone to do for me if I needed help. And the truth is that we all need help at some point, and as a community we must be there for each other.”
Nash is planning to go to Xavier University in the fall of 2012. He plans on majoring in psychology and minoring in theology. He isn’t sure exactly what he’s going to do with his studies, but he believes that God has a special plan for him, and it involves continuing to help others.