I've Decided to Join the Force and Become a Jedi

 
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I’m a proud Star Wars fan and have been since I was a child. I remember watching Episodes 4-6 with my dad and he would tell us kids all about the behind the scenes of how they made C3PO and R2D2, quote the wisdom of Yoda, and revel in the sheer evilness and power of Darth Vader...

I LOVE the females that have been popping up in the Star Wars world with Ahsoka Tano, Rey, Princess Leia, Rose, and many others. The stories, lessons, and art have been really inspiring to me. 

Recently Erin Lefler (@butternut_gouach) started a campaign against cyber bullying using her hashtag #ForceAgainstCyberbullying. Forceforchange.starwars.com started a campaign #ForceForChange to help eliminate malnutrition among children around the globe and provide comfort and joy to the families of children in hospitals. I've been thinking a lot about how I can make a difference in the world and what I can do using my talents and abilities and So I’ve decided to join the force!

Here are my battle plans...

Every 2 months I will share a campaign, hashtag, or non-profit organization that are a #ForceForGood. 

Calendar

July-August 2018: #ForceAgainstCyberbullying with Erin Lefler (@butternut_gouach). The cause is in the title. The goal is to help stop cyber bullying.

September-October 2018: #ForceForChange with Starwars.com (@StarWars). Their cause has teamed up with UNICEF and Children Stars... to help eliminate malnutrition among children around the globe and to bring joy and comfort the the families of children in hospitals. 

November-December 2018: #ForceAgainstPornography with Fightthenewdrug.org (@FighttheNewDrug). They are creating awareness about the harmful effects of pornography, help porn addicts overcome their addiction, and prevent pornography from being produced. 

January-February 2019: #ForceForGirlsEducation with Malala.org (@MalalaFund). Malala Yousafzai was shot in the face by the Talaban for sticking up for her beliefs in getting an education. She now helps girls all over the world in less fortunate areas to be able to receive an education.

March-April 2019: #ForceAgainstTrafficking with ourrescue.org (@OurRescue) Their number one priority is to stop child sex trafficking. 

May-June 2019: #ForceForArts - TBA I have a HUGE list for this one, and I’m not sure which direction I want to go with this. This one is really close to home, since I am an artist and I have a passion for getting kids involved in the arts. I am open to suggestions. 

I will... 

  • Share facts about the issue that each campaign is for/against

  • Share their social media handles and what they are doing to be a #ForceForGood.

  • Reach out to the individuals and organizations to see what kind of collaborations I can do with them and to get the most trustworthy and accurate information to share with you.

  • Draw inspiring illustrations and social media images to promote each campaign.

How YOU  Can Get Involved

If you would like to follow along and get involved I encourage you to follow the organizations that I have listed above and be a #ForceForGood in your neighborhood. Here are other ways to get involved:

  • Follow the organizations/campaigns on social media and share them with others on social media.

  • Donate to their causes

  • Buy some swag (T-shirts, mugs, hats, wristbands, etc) from the organizations and take pictures wearing them and post it on social media.

  • Take part in my Plan of Action and join the #ForceForGood.

  • Share words of encouragement to further promote #ForceForGood and send me suggestions on which non-profits and organizations I should feature in the future.

  • Tell your friends about #ForceForGood.