Yara Shahidi is on a mission to inspire fellow teens. The Black-ish star served as keynote speaker at the Boys and Girls Club 2016 Keystone Conference in Dallas, Texas, where more than 2,000 teens were in attendance.


“I think why I’m here and what I want to discuss is what [carving one’s path] means for a teenager,” the young star told Huffington Post prior to the conference kicking off. “We get the hypothetical, we get what it theoretically means, but how do we actually enact it in our lives. And this is such a huge key because often times we do get such great advice but do we don’t know just how to [utilize] it.”

In learning how to make the most of her time and talent, Yara has become a sort of role model for other kids. “What is beautiful is enduring the space of recognizing that I’m growing and recognizing that we as teens are growing so there is no need to stay static but rather accept this growth and accept that … my opinions and decisions are going to change,” she shared. “But as long as it comes from decent motive, that’s really all that matters.”

Yara is one of several young stars working on the set of the hit series Black-ish. You can see her in her role as Zoey every Wednesday at 9:30/8:30c on ABC.

Photo: Jeremie Brillant



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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