Speech given by Frieda, a 10th grade participant in Kids4Peace Seattle, at Inspiring Hope, The Kids4Peace Seattle Annual Benefit.
Hello my name is Frieda, I am in 10th grade and have been a part of Kids4Peace for 5 years.
Kids4Peace is a huge part of my life. It has given me a supportive community and lifelong friends. These friends live all over the United States from Seattle to Boston to Florida to Houston. Some of my closest friends also live on the other side of the world in Jerusalem.
I keep in touch with my friends across the world. We Skype and have a group chat with almost 50 people. I Snapchat my friends for advice. Across a 10 hour time difference, I have deep philosophical conversations with them.
I love how Kids4Peace is a normal summer camp where we hang out together, have inside jokes, and grow up together, but Kids4Peace is also a community where we can do something meaningful in the world around us. For example, this past summer in Washington DC we lobbied for a bill on Capitol Hill. This work makes me feel like I’m really making a significant impact on our global community.
Though my friends and I lead very different lives, we are connected through our passion for making change in this challenging world. Like the students across the US protesting gun violence, we don’t have to wait to be adults to make change.
This past February, during Black History Month, my history teacher was leading a mandated unit on racism and how to recognize it. As I was sitting in class, I could tell that the curriculum was lacking in many areas that we have discussed in Kids4Peace. Knowing that there were better ways to approach this topic, I took the time to discuss this with him. During our conversation, I was able to share some of the knowledge I have gained and help him understand how he could be more thoughtful when he approaches this subject in the future.
This evening you have heard stories about Kids4Peace in Seattle… Kids4Peace in France… and Kids4Peace in Jerusalem. K4P youth around the world are making change in our own communities.
Tonight my friends and I are excited to share with you a little bit of the work we are doing here in Seattle. This video will show you a small part of what we are doing every day to make a difference.