Making the world a better place


 

 

I recently read a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) article about five teenagers who have changed the world. This seems to be something which is occurring more and more, and I almost have to believe the world is in some form of evolution; in fact I have felt that way for the last couple of years.

The five mentioned in the article are: Greta Thunberg, 16, (Swedish climate change activist), Malala Yousafzai (Nobel Peace Prize winner and education activist), Emma González (gun violence activist and mass shooting survivor), Jack Andraka (science inventor), and Amika George (fought to have schools include women’s sanitary supplies in British schools).

This kind of activity was unheard of when I was growing up but it makes me very proud. I see it often even locally as in my work territory I cover two of the top high schools in the county, and often see teens in those schools leading missions like this or even smaller ones which might just make a difference locally, but make a big difference nonetheless.

Similar to Amika George, both Grand Blanc and Goodrich schools have had successful initiatives to provide free sanitary supplies for ladies in the schools. As well as those who in recent years have led the charge to put food and school supply closets in the schools to provide for the underprivileged.

It’s not that hard to make a difference in your world, and if you have the resources to do so, you should. Not only does it make the world a better place in my humble opinion, but studies show it benefits those who do it both physically and emotionally (blogs.volunteermatch.org/ engagingvolunteers/2017/09/14/doinggood can-make-you-feel-good-study-onvolunteerism finds/).

Another group of teens who can always be found doing good in the area are Eagle Scouts. The journey to Eagle Scout begins when they are very young and culminates in a project which is supposed to be community-based and helpful to the community at large or an organization. Both Grand Blanc and Goodrich, perhaps because they have the resources, again excel in this area and I have written dozens of these stories just in the seven years I have been writing for The View.

The annual Children’s Champion Awards held last February saw over 150 nominations of area teens also manage fundraisers to help local charities or manage programs for enriching the lives of kids in Flint who may not have the same resources that are available in the suburbs (https:// grandblancview.mihomepaper.com/articles/ local-advocates-for-children-honored/).

I think it’s absolutely wonderful that kids are realizing they have the power to change their world, in ways that us adults are often too tired to. Often there are so many stories out there I can’t cover them all. So remember if you hear a story that speaks negatively of our youth, for every one of those I suspect there are a couple or three stories of kids doing good.

And contrary to popular belief, we would love to print good news—we appreciate your leads and look forward to hearing from you.

Paula K. Schmidt is a staff writer for the View Newspapers. Contact her at pschmidt@mihomepaper.com.