Love Changes Everything!

Sammy Ortiz
2 min readNov 25, 2019


Every week from Monday through Thursday this space gets occupied by young people, ages 10–18.

Technically, it’s the only teen center in our county. We know because my intern researched this.

While it can get loud in this room, it’s the most beautiful loudness you’ll ever hear. There’s something about enthusiastic young people that can electrify the environment they’re in.

Daily Hugs

The perks of my job is that I get to play video games, engaging conversations, and daily hugs.

At first, there was hesitancy from the young men especially to hug. Now, they’re the ones who come immediately for one as soon as they step into the building.

I can tell who is going through something because those hug for a little longer.

Everybody can use a hug or two on the daily!

Love Overrides Rules

When dealing with young people, rule setting is a must for some. The problem is that young people hate rules, let’s face it, we all do.

In working with young people, I’ve noticed that if they know that they’re loved, they’ll do just about anything to not disappoint.

The vulnerability attached with that especially for young men is huge. I understand the implications of abusing that or making them feel unwanted. Love must remain genuine, because young people can smell fake miles away.

At The End of the Day

People want to know that they’re loved by somebody. Loneliness is going rampant in the U.S. Our senior citizen’s get put into an assisted living facility and rarely visited by their family members.

We have to do something to ensure that young people become their best selves. In my opinion, love is the greatest ingredient to make sure that happens.

Next time you see a young person, make them feel like they’re visible, that they matter.

Love is the Greatest Thing!

The apostle Paul said it best under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” — ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:13‬ ‭




Sammy Ortiz

U.S. Army Veteran | Social Entrepreneur | Ecosystem Builder | Founder of Community Collective