TWEENS AND TEENS SPEAK OUT AT THE UN
August 11, 2011
TWEENS AND TEENS SPEAK OUT AT THE UN INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF YOUTH CULMINATION CELEBRATION
HOSTED BY HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL STAR AND UN YOUTH CHAMPION
Monique Coleman hosted this amazing event focusing on girls making a change in the world. It doesn’t matter how big or small the change is, just give it all you got and it will happen.
What a talent and wonderful person Monique is. Her involvement in helping girls around the world showing us a video of her world tour was very heartfelt. “The purpose of the tour is to see first-hand what youth all over the world are experiencing. Through social media and streaming technologies, I intend to connect youth who may have previously felt worlds apart,” said Ms. Coleman.
We are patiently waiting to get a copy of the video shown at the summit to share. She is using her online talk show Gimme Mo’ as a platform, to connect youth worldwide and urge bridge building across cultures, religions and generations.
There were young girl guest speakers talking on the changes they are making to the world. Like Lulu, who started Lemonaide Warriors, which has helped raise over $12,000 for clean water in Africa.
How about Veronica Scott, who designed a coat for the homeless to keep them warm during the cold winters which converts to a “sleeping bag” for the night. Her coats are being used throughout Detroit and other cities in addition, the Red Cross is purchasing them to use for the earthquake victims in Japan. She now employs several of the homeless women as seamstresses and managers helping build her thriving business. Pretty amazing.
Then there was Caroline Sunshine who stars in the new Disney series “Shake it up” as Tinka, a high energy girl that captures everyone’s attention when she started speaking because of the great energy she put forth. Great interview of her coming soon! As an actress, she is able to use this as a platform to talk about ways girls can become empowered and make a change.
Moira Forbes approached the podium with a exuberant speech sharing the story of her great grandfather, B.C. Forbes. Believe it or not, he failed many times, over and over until his “business” magazine became a success. Her words to all “Hope you have the gift of failure. That “gift” makes you successful.”
There was a panel of young girls answering questions from news journalists from around the globe who were involved in very exciting charities which they were involved in. Their consistent message was to raise awareness of each of their causes. That’s how they can make a difference.
I plan to focus on some of these unique individuals throughout the year so we can become “aware” of each of their individual cause and “pitch in” where we can to make a difference.
It was a great event, very inspirational to women of all ages and I look forward to the next one, very soon!
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