Naomi Wadler is a 12-year-old social justice activist, motivational speaker and budding reporter, who gained national attention for her speech at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, DC on March 24, 2018 in support of stronger gun violence prevention measures.
Naomi led a student walk out at her elementary school in Alexandria, Virginia on the one month anniversary of the senseless shooting at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida. Her school walk out was 18 minutes long, 17 minutes for each student and teacher who lost their lives in Parkland, and one additional minute for Courtlin Arrrington, an African American student who was murdered shortly after the Parkland shooting in her Alabama high school.
As a result of these experiences, Naomi has made it her mission to change the narrative around girls, particularly black girls, and to acknowledge and represent the African American girls whose stories don’t make the front page of every national newspaper or the evening news. Naomi believes every person is valuable. She hopes more people will join her effort to uplift and highlight the voices of black girls on issues such as education, health, economic justice and violence.
To support that mission, during Women’s Herstory Month in March 2019 — exactly one year after MFOL– Naomi, thanks to a new partnership with Ellen Degeneres, launched the first-ever youth web series on ellentube called DiversitTEA with Naomi Wadler. Naomi believes this new venture is an opportunity to provide a platform to girls and women, and shine a light on positive stories and ideas that will lead to greater social impact and help to make the world a better place.
By interviewing diverse personalities, leaders and young people from all walks of life on the importance of doing good, Naomi hopes DiversiTEA will be a chance to “spill tea” in a good way in order to inform and inspire her peers and others. People interviewed so far include Serena Williams, Olivia Wilde, Jameela Jamil, to name a few.
Naomi was born in Ethiopia, which means there needs to be an amendment to the U.S. Constitution before she can run for president. In the meantime, her goal is to be the president of The New York Times and to graduate from the 6th grade, not in that order. When not on the road or interviewing cool people, Naomi enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing with her little sister and singing, loudly.
Naomi is now on social media! You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @naomiwadler.
KIND IS THE NEW COOL
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I am selling these cool “Kind is the New Cool” T-shirts to benefit Safe Shores, the Washington D.C. Child Advocacy Center. Safe Shores advocates for children who are victims of violent crimes, offering a private and comforting setting to tell their stories with social workers. Taking a holistic approach, Safe Shores advocates for the entire family and provides services – including clothing- to the children and siblings of victims. I know they are a great organization with a great mission. To learn more about them, Safe Shores’ website is www.safeshores.org.
I sit on the Board of Directors of KidBox - a subscription clothing service for children. The cool thing about Kidbox is that when you keep a box of clothing, they donate a box of clothing with the goal of donating 1 million boxes of clothing to charity.
Kidbox is partnering with me on this great project. They are producing the shirts so that ALL proceeds of the sale go to Safe Shores! Additionally they will match the first $10,000 raised with a $10,000 worth of clothing!
To read more about Kidbox – here is their website www.kidbox.com. If you order a box, be sure to use my code NaomiWadler to donate to Safe Shores and to get 20% off your first box!
I am also asking anyone who wants to help out to raise funds for an event this fall in which the kids who help me sell t-shirts will be able to have an interactive event at Safe Shores to help Kidbox donate the clothes. I hope it will be a fun day where kids can interact and learn more about each other.