#TheGenerationOfNow Testimonials

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT FOR TODAY?

Darae Grizzle: I guess I’m excited about getting to know what’s happening in the world and people actually taking action.

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT FOR TODAY?

Nora Flamer: I’m excited about learning new things and seeing all the different types of people that come to this thing so we can all learn together as a community, in a group, and be aware of what’s happening.

WHAT’S YOUR GOAL FOR TODAY? WHAT DO YOU MOST WANT KIDS TO TAKE FROM THIS EVENT?

Dani Laurence: I think the university is one of the most powerful places where things can change, and history has shown how there were peaceful revolutions that started in society because students stood up, and I think Princeton would be an amazing place for so many actions to be taken, and what I want to share is about #IAmYourProtector and how we can speak up and stand up for the other, especially now in times when hatred across the board is rising, when we can all be part of the solution.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO TODAY?

Nabil Shaikh: I’m just excited to know that activism has no age, and really this conference is representing that, in the sense that all of the students here – and all of the high school students especially – are really young but really open minded about how to change the world, and I think that this conference will allow all of these great minds to come together and hear from people who are more experienced to make sure that their futures will be one of activism and advocacy.

WHAT ARE YOU ENJOYING ABOUT THIS EVENT SO FAR?

Panos Vandris: Specifically for the Interfaith Activism panel, I liked how all three speakers were involved in different initiatives, both politically and in grassroots movements. They brought different perspectives to the table – two of them were Muslims, one of them was non-Muslim – so their point that we have to bring a variety of perspectives to the table was reflected in the speakers themselves, so I think their comments really came across by virtue of who they were.

WHAT ARE YOUR SUGGESTIONS FOR YOUNG ACTIVISTS? 

Goldie Taylor: I just think that redefy is getting it right, that organizing early, based on a defined set of principles of inclusion and breaking down stereotypes, is the most important place really to start, that there really is power in numbers, and being able to reach out across a city, across a country, around the world to touch other lives and inspire them to come together in solidarity around a set of common principles, I think, is one of the most powerful things I’ve ever seen. Go redefy!

HOW WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE TODAY? 

Georgia Eugenides: It’s been really great. It’s been really interesting listening to all the people talk about these important issues. I’ve definitely learned a lot about how we can combat the issues facing our country right now, and I’m really glad I came! I learned that, as teenagers, there are still steps that we can take to fight racism, and even though we’re not adults, we can still band together and make change.

– Collected by the Redefy Journalism Team under the leadership of Michael Zhao