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This is Our Generation!

This is Our Generation!
How can we change the world? That is the questions that almost 70 children began discussing last year at Lloyd Harbor School’s peer mentor program, with their advisor, Dr. Wendy Moss. They were tired of hearing people complaining! Some of these change seekers decided to acknowledge acts of kindness around them, while others created lessons on empathy, kindness, and how to be a good friend. Last year, after researching multiple organizations to fundraise for, they chose the Make A Wish foundation. In the Fall, 2019, a group of four sixth graders, told Dr. Moss, “We need to take responsibility, we want to make a change, but how can we change the world?” “We can’t really do anything!” Then, Dr. Moss’ response struck a chord, when she advised, “You mean you can’t do everything.” Energized and refusing failure, these same sixth-graders collaborated on an impressive PowerPoint presentation that they have now shared with the younger students. They presented to all of the 4th graders, leading the charge on stage in the Little Theatre. Their commanding presence challenged their peers to ask themselves whether each of them can make a difference? They said, “We can complain, we can be loud and yell about it, we can make fun, ignore it, or depend on smart famous people to solve it.” Or, we can be Upstanders and change the world one by one by taking action, “but please don’t do nothing!” These boys shouted, “We have the power to change the world!” They developed a quiz game to be played on the Kahoot! App for their peers, and they even sent them away with homework. The younger students were so moved by the presentation that thank you notes soon poured in! This isn’t the last we are going to hear from these extraordinary young people who are making a difference; Harry Steels, Luke Vaccaro, Owen Neri and Michael Gitto (along with the other peer mentors in the program). The four presenters ended with these thoughts, “Don’t do something just to get the prize, think about how YOU can change the world, it’s our world, it’s OUR generation!”