Friday, August 16, 2013

Feel Good Friday Part 2

I LOVE the Humans of New York (HONY) blog. It's one that I go to everyday. The posts never fail to inspire or spark emotion (whether happy or sad). The stories that accompany each shot show that everyone has a story and a bit of wisdom (or whimsy) to share and because of that every human is valuable. In today's world, it is easy to forget that. 

Brandon Stanton, the creator and photographer behind HONY, started the blog in 2010 and since then has used his platform to help others. His most recent fundraising project was sending a kid (Rumi) on a Wild West Adventure after seeing him selling cowboy supplies in hopes of raising money to buy a horse. Brandon set out to raise $7,000 to fund Rumi's adventure and ended up raising $32,167. With the excess funds he sent a group of kids from Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood to sleep away camp. He posted pictures of some of the kids enjoying the camp experience and this was one of the photos. Check out the story. I'll wait. 

I know right? How can you not love him! Kids like Malik will change the world. Thanks to Brandon for sharing his story. 

Wanted to tell one more story from YMCA camp. As part of their camp experience, each camper chooses a goal that he/she wishes to accomplish before the end of the session. Each camper is then assigned a counselor to mentor them in pursuit of their goal.

This is Malik from Brooklyn. Last summer, Malik’s goal was to stop bullying at camp.
"How do you do that?" I asked.
"Well, you can’t stop it completely," he said. "But if you see someone getting bullied, you can ask the bully to think about how he would feel if the same thing happened to him."

The coolest part of the story happened after camp ended, when Malik returned home to Brooklyn. He ran for president of his 4th grade class on an anti-bullying platform, and won the election because “there were 15 other kids who got bullied who all voted for him.” After he was elected, he convened a meeting of all the class presidents, and passed a school-wide rule than anyone seen bullying would have to serve detention during both lunch and recess.

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