In this issue: A young girl overcomes shyness and staff honored as “Most Inspirational Worker.”
Building Bracelets and Confidence
What do you do when you’ve become so painfully shy that just speaking to another person is difficult? For 11-year-old Brinley Lenz, you make a plan, then bracelets, then a donation to Youth In Need!
First, let’s rewind to 2020. Brinley’s mom, Melissa, noticed that Brinley had gotten very quiet as the pandemic progressed. But she didn’t know how much Brinley was struggling with her shyness until they ran into a friend while out shopping. Brinley couldn’t make herself speak to the other adult. When they were back in the car, Melissa admonished Brinley for being rude, and that’s when Brinley admitted she was afraid she would say something wrong.
It got so bad that Brinley recalls having her 5-year-old cousin order water for her because she was too shy to do it herself.
“That’s when my mom knew I needed some help,” Brinley said. “So we worked through it. She put me in situations where I had to talk to people, meet new people and in general be less shy. And it worked.”
Last summer, the family was vacationing in Colorado. Brinley had been making colorful bracelets for fun. Brinley’s dad and brother were gone for the day biking in the mountains. When Melissa asked Brinley what she wanted to do, Brinley shocked her.
“I decided I was going to go door-to-door, business-to-business, asking if they wanted to buy my bracelets.” All of the shop owners were supportive, and one agreed to carry Brinley’s bracelets in stores in Vail and Beaver Creek.
Brinley just finished fifth grade, where she gave a speech at graduation. And last week, Brinlely stood in the lobby at Youth In Need, confidently sharing her story before presenting a donation of more than $500 from her bracelet sales and donations!
“I decided I was going to donate 10 percent of my sales to a charity,” Brinley said. “I chose Youth In Need because I know that some kids don’t have parents to support them and help them through situations like what happened to me.”