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The Horse That Looked Different

July 19th, 2014 | Posted by Jessica in Thoughts - (0 Comments)

The Horse That Looked Different is a story about a beautiful horse named Starlit.  When Starlit is adopted by the Brown family, they find that their three other chesnut-colored horses have a difficult time accepting Starlit.  After making a long journey together, the older horses learn to appreciate how special Starlit’s uniqueness truly is.

Stacy Einfalt is the author of The Horse that Looked Different.  We were lucky enough to score an interview with Stacy and ask all about what inspired her to write a children’s book. Check out our interview with Stacy after the cut.  You can also learn more about Stacy and Starlit from Stacy’s Facebook and Twitter page.  

Click here to buy The Horse that Looked Different. 

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1) Why did you write, “The Horse That Looked Different”?

Stacy: The literacy rate in many areas of the United States has become very low, while the rate of bullying has increasingly become higher. I wanted to write a story that would not only provide a child with a valuable reading tool, but one that they could enjoy and learn a positive lesson from. Children relate well to animals and by that I felt I would be able to get the message of my story across to them.


2) Is there a character in the story that you have identified with in the past?

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National Bullying Prevention & Awareness Month 2014

May 21st, 2014 | Posted by Jessica in Thoughts - (0 Comments)

Hi All!

MyKindnessCounts.com and It Can Happen Here are partnering to design a campaign for National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month 2014, which will be happening in October.  We are currently looking for students and schools who are involved in anti-bullying/pro-kindness initiatives to feature in this campaign.  If you’re interested or know of anyone who may be, please email us at jessica@mykindnesscounts.com.

Thanks so much!

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Making a Difference Through Connecting with Others

February 1st, 2014 | Posted by Jessica in Thoughts | Your Voices - (0 Comments)

Meet Emmy Hendry.  Emmy is a college student and self-proclaimed anti-bullying and self-love advocate who runs a phenomenal YouTube channel. Through her videos, she aims to connect with others on topics related to flaws and insecurities, anti-bullying, making a difference, makeup, friends, relationships, and the list goes on and goes.  Emmy’s anti-bullying video is posted below, but you can find her other videos here and even contact her via Twitter.

Emmy says, “I truly hope this video helped some of you in some way. I am definitely not an expert on bullying, but these are tips that I know have helped my friends, and even myself. PLEASE do not feel like you are alone with what you are going through. There are many people experiencing the same thing you are. Talk to a parent, friend, sibling, close adult, or even myself. No one should be put in any uncomfortable position. Bullying is awful, and heartbreaking. I am doing what I can to help make a difference. Please join me in trying to make this world a safer place. We have no idea how hard the battles are that some face daily. PLEASE do me a favor and share this video in some way. There are enough social media sites out now that this video could reach many people. You could really help someone in desperate need for help. Be that person. XOXO”

 

 

Happy New Year!

January 2nd, 2014 | Posted by Jessica in Thoughts - (0 Comments)

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.  Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.  So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.  Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”  ― Neil Gaiman

Happy New Year!

Love, MyKindnessCounts.com

Hazlet Middle School: Week of Respect

November 25th, 2013 | Posted by Jessica in Thoughts - (0 Comments)

Phew!  So it looks like 2013 National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month is behind us!  I hope you all partook in some awesome anti-bullying  events or even better, some pro-kindness events.  Some schools and individuals really stepped it up a notch, and I want to take a moment to share some of the fantastic initiative that were sent me in the last two months. The first of these recap posts features Halzet Middle School, of Halzet, New Jersey.

During Week of Respect, Hazlet Middle School students were asked to contribute quotes related to kindness, which were read on the loud speaker for all to hear.  Students were also asked to sign a pledge to do at least one act of kindness during the week.  In addition to student activities, Principal Christine McCoid invited bullying speaker, Ronnie Bachman, to talk to the students about acceptance and diversity.

Pictures from their Week of Respect:

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As well as this fantastic video (which won’t embed, but you can find at the link!): http://animoto.com/play/5A43MUvJtwYHo7fuIldxfw

Thanks very much to Hazlet Middle School for sharing your Week of Kindness with us!. We hope students will remember these lessons throughout the rest of the school year and beyond!

On October 11, 2013, as a partner and affiliate of the Brave Girls Alliance, I was incredibly fortunate to travel to New York City to participate in the Girls Speak Out Summit at the United Nations in celebration of the International Day of the Girl.

What is the International Day of the Girl?

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On December 19, 2011, with the support of the Canadian Government, the United Nations General Assembly declared October 11th the International Day of the Girl Child.  The General Assembly stated that the Day of the Girl would recognize “galvanizing worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.”  In celebration of this day, the United Nations holds the Girls Speak Out Summit, bringing together girls and girl-serving organizations to share resources, and help advance the Girls’ Rights Movement.  October 11, 2013 marked the second annual Day of the Girl Summit.

The Brave Girls Alliance

One of the organizations invited to attend the Girls Speak Out Summit was the Brave Girls Alliance, a global think tank of organizations and individuals dedicated to and passionate about supporting girls’ empowerment and eliminating the sexualization and exploitation of young women in the media.  To celebrate the International Day of the Girl, the Brave Girls Alliance raised $25,000 to showcase supportive, proactive, and positive #BraveGirlsWant –themed tweets on ABC’s Disney Digital Billboard in Times Square.  The tweets were showcased to run for 7 days, starting on October 11th.  The extraordinary women of the Brave Girls Alliance headed to New York City to not only participate in the Girls Speak Out Summit, but to also celebrate these incredible positive messages being flashed for 1.5 million pedestrians per day to see.

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The Girls Speak Out Summit

The Girls Speak Out Summit at the United Nations was an absolute dream-come-to to attend. The program included presentations of six girl activists ranging in age from 13 to 17 years old, and from places such as Mozambique, USA, Algeria, Burkina Faso, and Guatemala. Each of these young women brought inspiring and empowering stories to the Summit.  Their amazing initiatives focused on topics ranging from early marriage, rights violations, and education of girls to raising money to purchase 60 bikes for girls in the village of Boulsa in Burkina Faso for the sake of safe transportation to school and places far away to get clean water and food for their families.  Respondents to each of the girls’ presentations were nine world-renown United Nations representatives who hold titles such as the Ambassador of Turkey, the Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF, the Ambassador of Peru, and the First Lady of Peru.

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Why is this important?

While I attended the Girls Speak Out Summit and learned a great deal about the importance of the International Day of the Girl, I am, by no means an expert in this area.  However, I did meet a powerful young leader named Katy Ma who knows much more than I do.  Katy is currently a senior at Central Buck High School West in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and contributor to the Huffington Post.  In her article, “What is the International Day of the Girl Child?” she reports current statistics in support of the need for the International Day of the Girl: on this planet, there are 66 million girls out of school (UNESCO), a girl has a 1 in 4 chance of being born into poverty (The World Bank), and 33 fewer girls than boys are enrolled in primary school (Education First).

My Personal Thoughts

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Youth empowerment and youth-led initiatives are two causes I am incredibly passionate about. I firmly believe that youth have the ability and the creativity to change the world and because of this, I try to work with youth as much as I can. It was through MyKindnessCounts that the Brave Girls Alliance kindly contacted me to ask both me and my website to be official partners with their organization.  Due to their focus on empowering youth and protecting young girls, I excitedly signed on.  I am incredibly grateful that I had an opportunity to attend the Girls Speak Out Summit with the Alliance, and I look forward to supporting the Brave Girls Alliance and the International Day of the Girl for years to come.

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Hello!

October 17th, 2013 | Posted by Jessica in Videos - (0 Comments)

October is…

October 6th, 2013 | Posted by Jessica in Thoughts - (0 Comments)

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

What are you doing to raise awareness?  Email us your ideas (jessica@mykindnesscounts.com)

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Fantastic Resources:

LGBT: GLSEN, The Trevor Project

Preventing Violence: It Can Happen Here

Documentaries: Submit the Documentary, The Bully Project

Books: Baffle that Bully

Other Resources: StopBullying.gov