Hello again from the founders of Teens Helping Seniors! It’s been a long journey and I think it’s important to remember the reason we started the organization in the first place.

Teens Helping Seniors was formed on the basis of human compassion and empathy for the most vulnerable during the COVID pandemic. We had read a lot in the news about teens blatantly ignoring COVID safety measures: teens in Florida who ignored the stay-at-home order to go to the beach or teens who were licking groceries. The goal was to prove to the media and to the world that teen apathy was the exception, not the rule, and that the spirit of altruism can prevail during times of crisis.

Unfortunately, recent events have proven that the iron vise-like grip that cruelty and apathy have on modern society has not disappeared. Instead, it has manifested as pervasive yet subtle and systemic problems that defy the common empathy and respect between us.

This is an affront to American ideals and aspirations. George Floyd, may he rest in power, was ultimately a human being, and no human could ever deserve the brutality he experienced. Justice is a term that is thrown around all too often. What does it mean to get justice for something so barbaric and unjustified?

To us, it means making a change; it means altering the bedrock of society to ensure something like this never happens again. We believe that the efforts of all those who have come before and will come after that have striven for the common good and human kindness are affronted by such atrocious inequality. This is why we urge you to be the activist and the change-maker; this is why we urge you to be the voice of light in a world filled with darkness.

This is someone else’s problem. This is not an issue that is partisan. This is not a question of where you are from, what you believe in, or what you look like. This is a question of human decency and respect. Insofar as the founding fathers envisioned a great democracy enshrined in the principles of equality, we cannot let injustice deny our righteous cause.

It is up to all of us to make sure the child who is bullied in school on the basis of her race, the father who is arrested because of the color of his skin for a crime he didn’t commit , and the teen who is a victim of police brutality, do not go unheard. Do not let their love and memories fade away.

Black Lives Matter. End of story.

We are committed to furthering the movement. Here are some resources to get involved:

https://blacklivesmatter.com/

https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd

https://www.justiceforbigfloyd.com/

https://justiceforbreonna.org/

https://www.runwithmaud.com/

– Dhruv


Dhruv Pai

Lead web developer for Teens Helping Seniors! Master of all things AWS, PHP, React, and SQL related! Also avid user of Stack Overflow

24 Comments

Amad Berry · June 17, 2020 at 5:13 pm

Great article. very thought provoking! Kudos to you for writing this

Brian Akodu · June 17, 2020 at 5:56 pm

So glad to see this group raising awareness for BLM. You guys are doing great. I have two of my kids in the Wheaton area signed up and follow your blogs and website regularly. Great website too.

Sara Goode · June 17, 2020 at 7:59 pm

I am so inspired reading this post and what you are doing for the community. We need youth like you who can make powerful statements like these and lead the community. Keep it up.

Christa · June 18, 2020 at 9:40 am

Very well written and uplifting. I check for a new blog post every single day. Outstanding volunteering. Thank you

Lashonda Onuoha · June 18, 2020 at 8:29 pm

This country needs leaders who think like you. Well written. Keep up the good work.

Susan P · June 19, 2020 at 12:33 pm

Read about you on the Post today and inspired by your leadership. I have been following you in ‘Source of the spring’ and found your service remarkable. Keep inspiring your peers

C Kelly · June 19, 2020 at 8:17 pm

Impactful blog. Need leaders like you in this world. I am in Westchester, NY and read about your org. in Gov. Cuomo’s newsletter. What a great service and such selfless volunteers. Please continue providing these services to seniors like us, just reading about teens like you brings smiles on our faces.

K. Parker · June 20, 2020 at 4:52 pm

Beautiful article in the Post and well written post here as well. Such a simple idea, kudos to coming up with this idea and taking it so big!

Latasa J · June 21, 2020 at 11:05 am

Very inspiring article. Touching…I am a student in Baltimore and would love to join your efforts.

Hamad R. · June 21, 2020 at 5:17 pm

Inspired to participate in your group efforts reading the post and your big hearts!

Lonni M. · June 29, 2020 at 10:05 pm

Eloquently and powerfully delivered message. Thank you all for your generosity and willingness to take on the big issues of our time. We can all be more hopeful about our country’s future when there are teens such as you setting examples for others, young and old!

Tina S. · June 30, 2020 at 12:58 pm

With all the negativity going on, your BLM blog is very refreshing and needed in the current times. Keep up the good work.

S. Poortha · June 30, 2020 at 1:02 pm

Watching the video on WETA and reading this blog has made me think that we need leaders like you in the world. Keep doing the good work.

Lucy V. · July 1, 2020 at 3:17 pm

Good job. Such inspiring thinking. Very beautifully written. Good luck!

Mom of a 16 year old · July 2, 2020 at 9:27 am

Keep it up. Brilliant mind and thinking. You inspire teens with your writing and deeds.

Anonymous · July 4, 2020 at 9:26 pm

You are doing a terrific job, so proud to see how you teens are changing the society. Thank you to all your teen volunteers and a happy and safe July 4th.

M. Roger · July 5, 2020 at 6:42 pm

Well written. Love what you are all doing. Keep up the good work you all! Be strong leaders.

Elijah M. · July 5, 2020 at 6:47 pm

Thank you for the very positive words. Senior citizens like me have gone through a lot more in the past and it keeps happening. Praying for a safe world through leaders like you. God bless you all!

Lori L. · July 6, 2020 at 7:24 am

A wonderful effort to get youth together. This is what is needed in the world today. Great job bridging the inter-generational gap.

Pete T. · July 7, 2020 at 12:06 pm

Love the work you are doing in our local community and creating a very positive impact on the world. Not a single effort of yours will go in vain. Your hard work and positive thinking will bring you a lot of gain.

TeacheratBlair · July 7, 2020 at 12:10 pm

No matter how big a class may be, a student like you always stands out! There’s no one who has worked as hard as you have in the years I have known you. Always stand up for good in the community.

Lashannia J. · July 9, 2020 at 7:00 am

Very high thinking and kudos to the entire volunteer group. Each and every teen volunteer from your group deserves a standing ovation!

Tat C. · July 21, 2020 at 10:57 am

Wonderfully written. Keep up the positive thinking, you will go a long way. Help others in need. God Bless you all.

Sue L. · July 30, 2020 at 4:07 pm

love your ideas and thinking. Good luck with Teens Helping Seniors

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