How I'm Going to Become a Global Citizen Before I Graduate High School
I’m 15 years old and in my second year of high school. I’ve had an interest in social justice since I was eight years old when I had the opportunity to see Craig Kielburger, the founder of Free the Children, speak about the issues concerning children living in poverty without access to education and basic human rights. I was so impressed that he started his organization at the young age of 12. I remember this talk well. It was the moment that inspired me to get involved in social justice clubs at my school, as well as summer leadership and peace camps. I even started my own social justice club and invited other young people from my neighborhood to get involved. We were a small but committed group. Together we raised money with greeting card and bake sales for local causes such as women’s shelters and a children’s emergency ward at the local hospital. I noticed doing this helped build a sense of community.
Craig Kielburger and I
My card and bake sale
This past March I had the incredible opportunity to attend the United Nations 57th Commission on the Status of Women as a youth delegate for the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace. The topic was about the elimination and prevention of all of forms of violence against women and girls. It was an eye-opening experience. I met incredible people who all had a passion for making the world a better place. I was very moved by the resilience and courage of some of the women who came from all over the world to share their own stories of violation and oppression.
Throughout my week at the United Nations, I had to the opportunity to observe the power of documentary filmmaking as a tool for advocacy and came back home with more of a commitment to pursue my craft. That’s when the idea for the project came to me.
My aim, as the Sunrise Storyteller of the Global Sunrise Project, is to use my love for photography and film to make a short documentary about people doing good things to make a difference in their own lives and in their communities, despite what adversity they may face. I'm interested in issues concerning women and children, poverty, education, environment, and culture. As a young entrepreneur, I also have a focus on finding interesting alternative income projects that help lift people out of poverty. I want to document people who are trying to make changes in a positive way, even with all the obstacles in their path. The stories I tell will be of hope.