Thinking About Trayvon, Cory—and How to Make The World a Better Place

Thinking About Trayvon
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Screen Shot 2013-07-15 at 10.30.04 AMTalking About Trayvon: Feeling overwhelmed in the aftermath of the George Zimmerman trial? Virginia teenager Omnia Saed writes a thoughtful essay about her own observations and feelings about the not-guilty verdict of the man who shot and killed a Florida teen on HuffPo. In “The Trayvon Martin Case From the Perspective of a Black Teen,” she writes:  “When I looked at Trayvon Martin, I saw a kid roughly my age looking back at me. With the media’s spotlight on the bag of Skittles and Arizona drink in his pocket, the innocence that so happily wraps around me, was evident in his hands. And as the defense painted him as thug, a seditious teen, I couldn’t help but see a black teenage boy—my counterpart.” [The Huffington Post]

Carrying Cory’s Legacy: Actor Cory Monteith will be best remembered for his role as Finn on “Glee,” but check out the MTV ACT blog to learn more about his charity work with Operation Smile, “a non-profit organization that offers free surgeries for young people with facial deformities;” Project Limelight, “a free theater program which inspires kids in troubled areas through the arts,” which he helped launch; and Straight But Not Narrow, a campaign for straight allies who support gay rights. Read about Cory’s activism, and how you can honor him by supporting a cause he cared about. [MTV ACT]

Booking It: Congratulations to Taylor Felice, who not only ran her first half marathon, but also used the occasion to raise money for a cause she cares about, First Book. She raised more than $2000 for the non-profit that gives books to kids who need them most. We love this quote from Taylor, “My family has been involved with charities and volunteer work for as long as I can remember—it’s part of who we are.” Find out how she did it! [First Book]

Going the Distance: Inspired by Taylor’s story? Here’s a way you can make a difference for girls and do something good for your body. By joining the Girls on the Run SoleMates program, you can “raise money for Girls on the Run while training for the athletic event of [your] choice…Each year, our SoleMates raise critically needed funds that ensure our councils are able to serve more girls in their communities.”  Learn how to join this amazing program—and help girls get moving! [Girls on the Run]

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