Challenge: Be A Global Citizen
I recently received a challenge from Jessie at Loyola University Maryland: to inform others about the Global Citizen Organization and Festival. Challenge accepted! I love that this festival unites citizens of the world to promote peace. What a beautiful way to get people on the same page to celebrate and draw attention to the issues at hand. Thank you Jessie for bringing this to our attention! Read her fantastic letter below for more information.
Will you be attending the Global Citizen Festival?
My name is Jessie. I’m a student at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore and I’ll (hopefully) be receiving my undergraduate degree next May. I’m reaching out to you not necessarily regarding a question but to request your help for something bigger.
I’m not sure how familiar you are with the Global Citizen Organization, but it’s an organization that provides a platform for people around the world to raise their voice about social injustices and to demand action from our world leaders. The Global Citizen Organization has written articles on categories from Girls & Women, Health, Education, Finance & Innovation, Food & Hunger, Water & Sanitation, Environment and Citizenship. For each person that signs up and pledges their allegiance to being a Global Citizen, they’re rewarded points for each action that they take to raise awareness.
For the past four years, Global Citizen has even held an annual festival. However, the only way to attend this festival is by taking action to raise awareness about different social injustices. Each action redeems points and those points are used for individual entries into winning tickets to attend the festival. Tickets are drawn a few different times within a two month period. Each year there have been about 60,000 people from around the entire world that have attended the festival.
Last year, I was fortunate enough to attend with three of my closest friends. We drove from Arlington, Virginia at 5:00 am to make it to the festival in New York City. The festival lasted at least six hours in Central Park and there were musical performances by Coldplay feat. Arianna Grande, Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Common, Pearl Jam, Sting and Tori Kelly to name a few. Other guest appearances included the Prime Minister of Sweden, Bill and Melinda Gates, the Biden’s, Malala Yousafzai, Laverne Cox and even Michelle Obama. There were even more celebrities featured in the audience. I was also given the opportunity to meet young individuals from around the world that have flown into New York for this one special event. People were exchanging stories and jokes, phone numbers and social media information. It was truly a night of unity, solidarity, empowerment and advocacy. (Also known as the greatest night of my life.)
With that being said, I wanted to reach out to you in hopes that you could help spread the word about the Global Citizen Festival happening on September 24th, 2016. What I love about the marketing idea for this event is the fact that it takes a pledge of action and a promise of being a Global Citizen, working for peace and justice, in order for people to attend this festival. Every person in that audience, and watching from home, has been an advocate for helping to make the world a more united and peaceful place.
As for myself, I attended an all girl’s boarding high school in a small town of Connecticut. I have friends from all over the world and to hear about their homeland, their customs, traditions, religions and lifestyles different from my own is such a beautiful thing. I’m so happy Global Citizen provides an outlet for people embrace diversity. It’s what makes our species so unique.
I hope to see you #shOwUp with us at the Global Citizen Festival in September. Sending love and hugs!