Sabra McBride discusses redefining celebrity
“She was a little girl with a huge heart” – Sabra McBridge describing Rachel Beckwith, a philanthropist who is McBride’s type of celebrity
“Patricia Moore, at the age of 26, started a social research project to find out how stores treated the elderly”
For Sabra McBride, her celebrities may be people you’ve never even heard of.
“When Alex was very young, he realized that many homeless children didn’t have toys to play with” – McBride on Alex Triestman’s inspiration for his charitable organisation
“She started an organization for a malaria-free world”
“I’d like to change the definition of celebrity to being ‘recognized or celebrated’ for doing something worthwhile“
“What I want this time is for me to be able to offer them my book, and for them to take it, read it, enjoy it, and take knowledge from it.” – Balan on the importance of encouraging literacy
“She shook her head, and said no. I was confused” – Balan on handing a book to an Indian girl who couldn’t read.
“I realized how, if reading had such a positive impact on my life, how negative of an effect it had on those who couldn’t read”
“98% of illiterate people are concentrated in thee major areas. Two thirds are women. In the U.S., some take literacy for granted”
“14% of our adult population can’t read. 21% of adults read below a fifth grade level.”
“The U.S. continues to have one of the highest relative child poverty rates among developed countries”
“This is clearly not an easy issue to solve, or it would have been fixed by now.“
“In my World Imagined, I just wanted to be normal” – David Rosen.
“I was always being told about the things I didn’t do well, or that I had to do differently”
“In my World Imagined, I just wanted to be normal”
“I started to realize that a lot of my behaviors and challenges were the result of my brain behaving differently”
“It is these scientifically proven differences that make the struggles of ADHD more than just a myth”
“I felt angry. Angry at the monster, and angry at the world” – Rosen on the “monster” that his ADHD was.
“I learned that while we may need to adjust some of our behaviors, we don’t need to change who we really are.”
“Everyone has a choice between anger and pessimism and happiness and optimism. Everyone has their monsters we just need to know how to tame them.”
How will you turn your “complaining” into “changing”? Gabrielle Turner may have the answer.
“High school is NOT like the movies.”
“What if people put the same amount of energy they put into complaining and put it into productive change?”
“People complain to avoid responsibility.”
“It’s easier to acknowledge a problematic situation than to take the steps to change it.”
“We went there to educate ourselves about diversity and other pressing issues in the forefront of America.”
“The actions of a few can and will lead to a greater impact for the many.“
Daniel Lamont was quite the effervescent singer onstage
“How did that make you feel? I felt excited and in a horror movie.” – Daniel Lamont on singing in front of the audience
“One of my favorite songs is stronger by Kelly Clarkson. If I don’t connect to one line I connect to another“–Lamont before singing the song
A Thousand Years and Stronger – two songs that Lamont sang live in front of the audience
“Why is the world hungry?” – Boppudi
“A main cause for hunger is food wastage”
“You cannot pay for farms, so you cannot pay for food” – one of the reasons Boppudi described for world hunger.
“Another way you can help is by conserving water and food”
“Spread the word. It’s like blowing on a dandelion, you’ll never know how far it’ll go“
“Empathy can be both small and large. Both global and individual. But it is something we should all strive for.”
“Empathy is so important when it comes to social justice – when it comes to understanding the lives of those who are suffering.”
“I lack empathy most when I’m happy – on the top of the world.”
“99% of us are born empathetic.”
“Let’s do something. Let’s make empathy an active goal. Let’s teach empathy in school. Let’s make a concerted effort to be kinder and more empathetic to people in our lives.”
“Empathy is so attainable, and it can change the world.“