Abby Bayacal

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." – Francis of Assisi

I am involved in SWAT because it has a good mission, and it gives students the opportunity to do things they never thought they could do. Working with SWAT is such a great way to serve my community for a reason I'm passionate about, and I'm so happy that I get to work with the group in the way I do. I have been a member of SWAT for about five years. I joined my county chapter when I was in sixth grade. My friend's mother was one of our advisors from the health department, and she invited me to a meeting. I've been involved ever since. One of the events that sticks out most in my memory is the statewide meeting that was held in the summer of 2012. It was so much fun to be able to meet SWAT members from around the state and talk to them, not just about what they were doing in SWAT, but also what they were doing outside of SWAT, all while we were learning more about Big Tobacco and what we could do to fight it. The meeting was a great way to see that SWAT wasn't just in one place; it was all over Florida, and all of its members were working towards the same goal, even if it didn't feel like it when we were back in our own counties. The meeting was very informative, and I met so many wonderful people.

Region: 2