Storify about Activism events that are happening in the Austin area and tweets that I found interesting about activism. Great videos about how activism has evolved online and how Slacktivism is the new normal for most people. [View the story “Activism” on Storify]
From March 21 to March 23 I had the opportunity to go to Nevada to work with the youth of their state initiative at their state conference. I attended this conference with Ritney Castine from the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids; we were invited to participate at the conference as guest presenters. We taught the youth at the conference how to be leaders in their schools and communities and how to get their peers engaged in tobacco prevention. I really enjoyed how this conference was set up because during the day there were activities and presentations then in the afternoon and evening we all went to the park and the movies. *We watched Divergent, It was a really great movie and I would recommend it.*
I worked with the youth on social media engagement and I showed them how to create social media campaigns. I was really surprised to learn that most of Nevada does not have access to the internet so the youth there are not very engaged online. This was an obstacle for me as I planned my presentation. So, I improvised by showing them how to use what they could and I worked with their sponsors to set up blogs that their youth can write up posts for and then have their sponsors post for them. I, honestly, assumed that everyone had access to the internet and that all young people were on social media. When I found out that most of Nevada’s youth do not even have access to the internet I was very surprised and it made me realize a lo of things about my plans for the future and how I plan on working in social change work.
Overall, I had a really great experience at this conference and I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to work with theseamazing young leaders. Nevada is a very beautiful state and I look forward to my next chance to visit. When I left they gave me a shirt that everyone had signed and a cup with a picture of the whole group. I really love doing this work and I am excited to see where it will take me in the future
Today is one of my favorite days of the year, it is Kick Butts Day or Texas Tobacco Free Kids Day here in the state! Kick Butts Day is a day that is dedicated to tobacco prevention groups doing events simultaneously all around the world. Here in the State we have adapted this day into Texas Tobacco Free Kids Day so that it is recognized as a state wide event for tobacco prevention with the Say What! groups. Kick Butts Day (#KBD) is organized by The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and this year for #KBD they are having people show their support of CVS’ decision to stop selling all tobacco products by the end of the year. They are asking supporters of CVS to pose with a flyer in front of a CVS store, take a picture and post it online with #StandWithCVS.
CVS announced last month that they will stop selling all tobacco products by October 1st of this year. This decision comes with the companies recent changes and plans for their company in the near future. CVS is now CVS Caremark and they plan to be a health care provider! They agree that tobacco has no place in a pharmacy, or health store. Congrats to CVS for doing what is morally right to care for their customers! Hopefully, other national pharmacies will follow CVS and prove that their customers are valued.
I find it extremely ironic that Walgreeens’ motto is “At the Corner of Happy & Healthy” but literally in the corner of their store is tobacco products. Come on Walgreens follow CVS and do what we all know is right!
During South by South West (SXSW) last week in Austin; Toms, the company known for their One for One initiative, announced their new giving project. They are now selling coffee and giving water to an individual in a third world country that the coffee came from! For every bag of coffee bought on their website they promise to give a person water for one week.
The coolest part of what Toms is doing is that they are opening coffee shops and the first one is here in Austin on South Congress near Hopdddy and Home Slice Pizza! It is so well designed and reflects the values of the company. The coffee shop is also a store where they are selling their shoes, glasses and other products from other companies they support.
In the shop they sell the coffee and serve it like a normal coffee shop, each cup of coffee gives water to a person for one day. They have another coffee shop in Venice, California at their flagship store and they plan to open stores all across the country.
It is exciting to think that we may soon see a Toms Roasting Co. Shop on every corner, like starbucks, and we can change the world by simply drinking coffee.
Again Toms has remind us that it is possible for all of us to make a difference!
I tend to find the beauty in everything; whether it be scenic, physical, inner, or emotional. In this blog it will all somehow relate to that. I will explore anything from makeup to landscapes. I will speak of beautiful people making a difference in the world, breathtaking locations, and inspiring faith. Everyone is welcome and I hope to brighten someone’s day with each post. Being a college student, I have personal experiences and can offer advice on certain topics. For makeup I will list my favorite essentials that are affordable, easy to get, and help you feel pretty and confident. For the body I will list workout routines that I have done and proven to be effective to have a beautiful body. For a lovely mind I will post inspirational works and motivational people who have helped me along my endeavors. I hope you enjoy my blog and stick around for…