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Thankful for Influential Teens

Gretchen November 10, 2020

In September I touched on voting and with the election already over by now, I wanted to say thank you, in this month of Thanksgiving. As I am writing this it is two weeks BEFORE the election and I do not know how it will turn out, however, I hope that you made your voice be heard.

 Recently I was reading an article that was published in 2018 in TIME’sMagazine.  The headline read, “TIME's 25 Most Influential Teens of 2018.”  Yes I know the year is 2020 but the article gave me hope and I wanted to share a little bit about it with you.  I also wanted to let you know that I am thankful for not only these teens but I am also thankful for you.  No matter what you think of yourself you are an inspiration and influential in this world today as anyone else, just as influential as these following teens.  

 The article featured 25 teens but I wanted to spotlight a few of them during this month because it is an election month.  They let their voices be heard during a critical time to vote.  Just as important as it is now.  

 Marsai Martin, Greta Thunberg, and the Students of Parkland all spoke up even though many of them could not vote during the time the article was written.  

 Marsai Martin

 Let’s start with Marsai Martin.  During 2018 she was not able to vote, however she campaigned for Stacey Abrams in Georgia.  Since she had such a strong following on Instagram she encouraged her 460,000 followers to go out and vote.  Quoting her in the TIME’s Magazine, she stated, “When you really believe in something,” Martin Says, “you will stand up for it.  You will push for it to become a reality.” - (Author on Marsai Martin in TIME’s Magazine - Rachel E. Greenspan, quote by Marsai Martin.)

 To find works of entertainment done by Marsai Martin visit our catalog and check out her latest DVDs.  Even though they are fictional, you can enjoy watching Marsai Martin in what she does best, acting!  You can find the link to our catalog below:

 Marsai Martin - DVDs:

Greta Thunberg

 In 2018, Thunberg did what every teen would love to do, skipped 3 weeks of school - BUT in all reality she did not skip.  She went on a three week strike from school in an effort to urge her government to act on climate change.  It was right before Sweden’s general elections.  In TIME’s magazine she was quoted as saying, “I thought that nothing is happening and no one is doing anything - it is my moral duty to do what I can,” she tells TIME of her mission.  “I cannot vote so this is a way that I can make my voice heard.”

(Article done in TIME’s magazine by Suyin Haynes, quote by Greta Thunberg.)

 If you want to read more about Greta Thunberg, check out the following book.  We own it at the library and you can check it out today!  

 No one is too small to make a difference / Greta Thunberg

Parkland Students

 Young adults of the past 20 years have seen some horrific mass shootings in a place they thought would be safe, in their schools.  At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, it was not another Valentine’s day full of joy and love.  Instead 17 students and teachers lost their lives.  In order for the Parkland Students voice to be heard on gun reform, a group of young survivors went on a national bus tour.  On this tour they took the initiative to sign other young people up to vote.  27 states visited and  50,000 people registered for 2018’s November elections.  Many which were first time voters.   “It’s not about empowering people,” says Corin, 18, of the students’ efforts. “It’s about making them realize they already have that power in them.”

(Article done in TIME’s magazine by Melissa Chan, quote by Corin, 18, of the students’ efforts.)

 If you want to read more about the Parkland Students visit our catalog and check out the following work:   

 We say #never again : reporting by the Parkland student journalists / edited by MSD teachers Melissa Falkowski and Eric Garner

We have a lot to be thankful for.  In this nation we have the freedom to speak on what we believe.  Even though we do not all agree, it is a time to be thankful of how powerful we as U.S. citizens can be.  Have a wonderful holiday season, and know the Library is thankful for you!


TIME Staff. (2018). TIME’s 25 Most Influential Teens of 2018. Time.Com, N.PAG.


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