Major Update: Speaking & Traveling to Change the World!
Hello! Wow! It's been quite awhile since I've written an update here. Since I last wrote, school has started, and I've traveled to seven states all with the goal of changing the world for the better. It's been a crazy-busy journey, but I'm so grateful for all of the opportunities I've been given, all for the glory of God. Here's a quick update on what I've been up to since August:
National Youth Leadership Council L.A. Summit
In August, I flew to L.A. to meet with roughly twenty other members of the Jane Goodall Institute's NYLC and Roots & Shoots staff for our annual summit. This was especially exciting because although I've been working with these amazing people for nearly a year, I had never met them in person. Together we made incredible memories, presented our projects to each other, the staff, and JGI board members, we went ESRI and met Jack Dangermond, explored the culture of Redlands and L.A., and completed a service project in a local school garden. Our work was eye-opening, inspiring, and it renewed our passion for the upcoming year.
Here is my vlog that I filmed, edited, and posted for Dr. Jane's Good For All News blog.
Also, here is a portion of my peer presentation that was livestreamed on the Roots & Shoots Facebook page and currently has been view over 1,400 times.
Posing for a group picture after fixing an irrigation system at a local school garden!
August was an incredibly exciting month full of traveling, art shows, and spending time with amazing people!
International Peace Day at the United Nations
I am so grateful to have joined the Jane Goodall Institute at the International Day of Peace at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. I flew the Roots & Shoots peace dove with my fellow NYLC members, attended the peace bell ceremony with the UN Messengers of Peace and Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and went to the General Assembly for the Peace Day celebration. I was there with Dr. Jane, but there were several other amazing people including Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Douglas, Stevie Wonder, Chloe Lukasiak, Nobel Peace Laureates, prime ministers, Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, and of course Dr. Jane's Mr. H. :)
A few NYLC members with Dr. Jane and her beloved Mr. H.
Casually running into Chloe from Dance Moms!
Annual Roots & Shoots CoastSweep
Also in September, our Roots & Shoots group at SHHS organized the annual CoastSweep beach clean up at Plymouth Long Beach. This event is one of our favorites and is always a success- and this year was no different. Despite being a chilly morning we had a little less than 50 volunteers come to make the beach a cleaner and safer place, all with the goal of changing the world through Dr. Jane's mission to help people, animals, and the environment.
Signing people in at the beach & explaining how to collect litter data
Massachusetts Citizens For Life Boston March for Life
Even though it was pouring rain, I was able to attend the MCFL March for Life on Boston Commons this past weekend. I've been getting more and more involved in the pro-life ministries since January's March for Life and Witness to Life with the Archdiocese of Boston. This spring I was recognized by Cardinal Seán O'Malley for being a teen Witness to Life, and then this summer I was able to spend some time with Sarah Mary Toce at PULSE New England. I'm working on growing a pro-life group at SHHS, and advocate that being part of the "pro-life generation" does not just mean being anti-abortion at all. It means that we advocate for respect of and the dignity of life at all stages, all genders, all classes, all races, etc. Life is a beautiful, sacred gift from the moment of conception until natural death. Everyone should be loved, cared for, and protected, no matter the situation. I was so happy to bring SHHS into the world of the pro-life generation and have our start at the MCFL March. Even though we were wet and cold, it was a great witness and I was delighted to see so many members of our Archdiocese/Discipleship Week family there! I even got to chat with Cardinal Seán about how Discipleship Week went!
Chatting with Cardinal Seán...
Speaking for Roots & Shoots in D.C.
I was so excited this past week to travel to my favorite city, Washington D.C., to speak at Rolling Ridge ES about Dr. Jane, Roots & Shoots, and my own work. The talk that I gave is called "From Gombe to Kingston." I speak about Dr. Jane's story of getting to Gombe, the creation story of Roots & Shoots 25 years ago, and then my story inspired by Dr. Jane.
The kids at Rolling Ridge were wonderful, and they showed me their garden. We harvested sweet potatoes together and talked about changing the world. It was a beautiful, eye-opening experience. Thank you so much Sprouts and Nicky & family for welcoming me! God bless!
Giving the "From Gombe to Kingston" talk, sitting in the courtyard garden
Harvesting sweet potatoes!
Group picture with some of the Sprouts.
October has been a wonderful month, and we're only half way in! There are so many other things that are going on that I am so grateful for... these are just the highlights.
As always, thank you to everyone who supports me.