yesterday, on my usual rounds, i stopped by a rally on east 47th street in dag hammarskjold plaza that blew me away. the leader of the rally was a self described 16 year old “change maker” named mariely garcia. trust me, this will not be the last time you read about mariely (. . . just remember, you heard it here first!) this is mariely (on right) with another amazing young change maker:
imagine a 16 year old who has already created a mission for not only herself – but for the world! mariely is the founder of a campaign called perfectly made with a mission to change reality; to change the definition of the word perfect; to fill the world with love and convince young people of their value. In her words,
Perfectly Made is a campaign to redefine the word perfect and ignite the flame of self-love and self-worth in young people all across the nation. To be perfect is to be who you are, love who you are, and embrace the perfection in everyone around you. By radically transforming how people think of perfection, we confront issues around self-esteem, bullying, and suicide with a root solution: the understanding that we are all Perfectly Made and must treat others as such. Through social media, videos, daily emails, and events of all sizes, we are sparking an inner transformation in students that ultimately translates into a world where acceptance, love, confidence, courage, oneness, inspiration and vulnerability thrive and are fully embraced.
yesterday’s rally was the launch of a national movement of students transforming themselves and their schools according to the new definition of perfect. mariely has assembled a dream team & together they’re making it happen.
- she’s 16!!
i’ll walk you through the rally. upon arrival, people were invited to share in mariely’s dream by registering to help. the next step was to stop by one of many full length mirrors to admire your own perfection. attendees were invited to share their thoughts using supplied crayons and writing on a very long runway of white paper which was laid down nearly the length of the plaza.
young people were invited to express themselves through dance,
these peeps had talent – they kind you would definitely have paid for. . . wow!
at an age where many kids have doubts about themselves an often not enough support or experience to navigate the turbulence, marliely and her team provide love and support.
please watch this video, “like” it, share it and spread the word. make it your random act of kindness for today.
mariely garcia for president!