The Lutheran followed Michelle Kravec to St. Louis to photograph her and the other youth from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Little Falls, N.Y., at the 2000 ELCA National Youth Gathering (September 2000). Now a freshman at Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, N.Y., studying elementary education, Michelle works in the youth ministry cooperative of her congregation and three others.
She plans events for the youth each month and meets regularly with an advisory board. One of the group's big projects is collecting 2,001 pounds of food for three pantries. The hardest part? "Getting other adults to recognize me as an adult instead of a youth," Kravec says.
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