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I’m so proud to tell you today that we have a student advocacy program.
Kyra’s Champions is an organization that’s for kids and by kids.
When I created Kyra’s Champions, one part of the design was so that children and students could play a very active role in our organization.
Here, what we do, is develop global citizens. We have students who want to be involved in child abuse prevention, wish to become advocates, and itching for ways to learn how to have their voices heard, what we do at Kyra’s Champions.
I have had a group that I’ve been working with since just December.
They have been actively reaching out to lawmakers and discussing Kyra’s Law and the other bills inspired by our custody case.
They have been advocating for child abuse prevention in their community amongst their peers.
In April, what they’re doing, is they’re coming together to do two huge events in parks where Kyra used to play.
They will be planting 744 pinwheels for two weeks to raise awareness about child abuse prevention.
Why 744 pinwheels? That represents the number of children in New York murdered and taken far too soon due to family violence.
These are murders directly related to the failures of the New York state family court or child protective services.
It shows how much we need to do to unite as a community to protect our children better. Our children, our students, are leading the way.
I’m also proud to tell you that we have one incredible student at Kyra’s Champions.
Her name is Shayna, and she is our youth ambassador.
Shayna co-hosts every event that we do and does media interviews.
She’s testified before the New York State Governor’s Commission on the family court. She has been our liaison with government officials.
Since she joined us, she has become a true champion for children. It has gotten to the point where people know Kyra’s Champions and about Shayna because of all her work with us.
Thanks to OsteoStrong, one of the things we’re going to do, is grow this program.
We have created an incredible opportunity for children to participate and make a difference.
We have children from around the United States, and I want to have tons more students be part of this going forward.