Hello! My name is Allison Blackwell, and I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA. I am 22 years old, and I just graduated from Queens University of Charlotte with a Bachelor of Arts. While at Queens, I studied Creative Writing and Philosophy/Religion. I was very active with the chapel and in the Interfaith Leadership Council we had on campus as well as various other interfaith fellowships. I believe that affirming the personhood of those from different faiths and backgrounds is central to Presbyterian values, and I hope to continue my work of connecting with others across our differences in my YAV year. This year will be a practice of intentionally living and working within a community dedicated to service and social justice that will guide my future in ministry, for as Christianity is dependent on knowing Jesus, faith is dependent on knowing people.