I often speak to audiences on the importance of engaging our children and youth in conversations regarding the positive impact charitable contributions make in society today. Educating our leaders of tomorrow is not enough. We need to involve our children in charitable causes at an early age, so they will promote such work throughout their lifetime. In teaching and exposing them early in life, they will “feel the good” that helping others promotes from within. We have the responsibility to teach our children that we must not only do well in our lives, but we must most importantly, do good.
Recently, I had the pleasure of being introduced to MaryMargaret who at the age of twelve is leading the way in educating her generation on doing good in this very moment. In fact, not only is she speaking and educating her peers about the importance of helping others, she is leading by example as the founder of Kids Are Heroes®.
At the age of 9, MaryMargaret asked her father to build a website to help animals. Soon, her desire to help animals expanded to helping people, the environment and more, and the concept of Kids Are Heroes was born. Kids Are Heroes is a nonprofit that empowers, encourages and inspires children to become leaders through volunteerism and community involvement. This is accomplished by showcasing and supporting children who are changing the world through their selfless acts of giving. To date, MaryMargaret and Kids Are Heroes have highlighted the wonderful contributions of more than 160 children from around the world.
As a social media leader of today, I observe the impact that online influence has on charitable causes. I am beyond inspired by these social media leaders of tomorrow, who are making a difference today via social networks and websites. These children have taken the power of global word of mouth and turned it into promoting the causes they believe in.
I am passionate about much in life. I am especially passionate about helping our young women to embrace and love who they are now…and to walk in their magnificence. My hope is to inspire many to do so before they enter into life making decisions as adults. My JuniorDiva ™ program focuses on just that. In leading by example, MaryMargaret epitomizes what I think a true JuniorDiva™ is or has the potential to become. This new friend of mine is aware of her ability to make a difference and is embracing her power right now…at the age of twelve!
MaryMargaret is leading by example and I think she is simply fabulous!
Please take a look at her recent video to us. Get to know this JuniorDiva™ and introduce her to all you know. Let’s help her change the world…one charity at a time!
Go! Junior Divas! Go!