Khloe Kares Interview

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We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Khloe, a little girl making a big difference by reaching out to homeless people in her community!

Can you describe Khloe Kares and the Work that you do?

Khloe Kares is an organization where I make these really cute bags called “Kare bags” with my grandma. Then we fill these bags with such items as toothbrushes and toothpaste, lotion, socks, conditioner and shampoo, wash cloths, soap, clean shirts, feminine products and other items. The stuff in the bags should last you about a month.

What prompted you to start the organization?

I would see the same homeless people everyday on my was to school. So I started asking my mom why they were there or how they become homeless. And when she would tell me, it made me sad, and I wanted to do something to help.

What advice do you have for other young people who want to make a difference in their communities?

Don’t let your age stop you from doing what you want. You can do anything at any age. And tell your parents about your ideas and get their support.

Our mom has been a big part of our organization. It seems like your family is also very involved in Khloe Kares. Who is involved and what do they do?

My whole family is involved. From my mom driving me around to my grandma helping me make bags and teaching me how to sew. My dad helps with all the heavy stuff, and he helps keep everything organized. All my other family is very supportive.

What do you think the future holds for Khloe Kares?

Well, right now we are getting ready for our toy drive. We are doing things with the Anne Douglass center at the LA Mission on skid row, and we are doing a “paint with me” project with the kids that visit their moms in the shelter. And we have a community potluck coming up around Thanksgiving. I also have a few speaking engagements. So I stay busy! Khloe Kares is here to help the community, and one day I might even have my own community center!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a veterinarian. I love animals, and I love watching animal surgeries on YouTube. I got to visit a vet hospital, and I was so excited to be there. I don’t know if I want to specialize in small or large animals just yet.

How would you like to see kids your age get involved in helping others?

I want them to do their part. Get involved in something that will make a difference. It doesn’t have to be like what I’m doing, but it can be something they are interested in.

In what way can others get involved with Khloe Kares?

People can donate items to Khloe Kares, or they can donate money to help with the stuff we buy to fill the bags. My friends that are homeless deserve nice things too, so we give out the good stuff in the Kare bags.

January Speaking Trip Vlog

This January we had the privilege of presenting to students at three elementary schools in Columbia, SC. We managed to film some of our favorite moments and put together a fun behind the scenes vlog.

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Alexis Jones Interview

Alexis Jones Interview PicThink Before You Type: You are the founder of the organization I Am that Girl. Can you explain the work that you all do and your inspiration for starting it?

Alexis Jones: I’m a full time motivational speaker, and I get to travel all over the world reminding girls that they are awesome. My inspiration for it, if I’m being honest, is that I built it because I desperately needed it.

TBYT: You’ve stated that your organization’s mission is about “turning self doubt into self love”. That’s such a noble cause. What are some ways that you help girls have this internal transformation?

Alexis: I think the first way is by reminding girls that it’s not really their fault for feeling so bad about themselves and for being so mean to themselves because with the consumption of 10+ hours of media a day and consuming over 3K perfectly airbrushed brand images daily, we’re actually programmed to be insecure. That being said, I offer a broader definition of “beauty.” One that includes integrity, sense of humor, intelligence, athleticism, passion, creativity and myriad of other things that allow girls to rock what they got- so that “pretty” isn’t our only pursuit.

TBYT: You have made your voice heard in a variety of settings. That has to take a lot of confidence. What advice do you have for young girls who are working on finding their voices and mustering up the confidence to share their greatness with the world?

Alexis: I think the best way to find your voice and muster up more confidence is by doing things that scare you! Whether it’s signing up for a new dance class, learning a new language or taking a trip somewhere you’ve always wanted to go- I think when you have the courage to step outside your comfort zone, that you’re able look in the mirror and have Brave look back at you!

TBYT: What’s your favorite quote?

Alexis: “She took a leap of faith and built her wings on the way down”

TBYT: Who is your role model?

Alexis: Hands down, my mom. She’s my best friend and the coolest person that I know.

TBYT: What encouragement do you have for young people who are being cyberbullied?

Alexis: Watch the new documentary I just produced called A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story and know that despite what mean things people say, the awful things they call you, and the inhumane things they do- they are hurting exponentially more than you can even imagine. Rather than respond with the same toxicity they used, please respond with grace and love… it’s the only way we’re ever really going to change the world!!

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TBYT Interviews Amanda Buhs About “A School Paper”

Lauren from TBYT interviewed actress Amanda Buhs about her role in a new anti-bullying film, “A School Paper”. https://www.facebook.com/aschoolpaper
Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/111818481

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November Dare 1 Ft. AJR

We know it’s been waaaaay too long since our last Dare, but they’re back! AJR joined us in our first November Dare. It’s super simple, send out one positive tweet. It can be directed towards one person, a couple people, or everyone. We really want to see what nice things you have to say, so be sure to mention us in your tweets, our twitter is @powerofwords_.

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Interview with Smashing Satellites’ Salvatore Costa

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We talked with Salvatore Costa of Smashing Satellites about cyberbullying, positive internet use, and his love of music.

Think Before You Type: How did you get interested in making music?

Salvatore Costa: Music kind of found me and held me hostage. I was always surrounded by great musical influences everywhere I turned and as a result I just fell in love with it. I have two older sisters – 10 and 12 years my senior. My eldest was a classically trained pianist, and my middle sister was a grunge kid who always had a stockpile of edgy new records. She also embodied what it was to be a true music fan, and I fell in love with her style and the culture in which she existed. My mom on the other hand was a poet and was always teaching me the importance of lyrics and stories. She showed me her favourite artists and explained to me why they were so great. Music is just a part of my being. It’s me.

TBYT: What has been your most influential fan encounter (online or in person)?

Salvatore: The greatest thing about being an artist is that the bigger you get, the bigger your voice gets… and it allows you to speak out to a greater number of people about something profound. Having that type of power can be both empowering and scary. However, one of my most memorable moments was after a show a few years ago. I girl ran up to me crying her eyes out… she explained to me how she was fighting her last battle with cancer and that she wasn’t sure how much longer she had to live, but that she had been following some of my positive quotes that I share and it made her want to fight. I gave her a huge hug and she went on her way, but what stuck with me was the fact that something I had written empowered someone I didn’t even know. It was that moment that I realized my purpose on earth was more than to just make music… I want to help people.

TBYT: Sometimes the internet can be a really tough place. How do you deal with negative comments on social media?

Salvatore: A wise man once told me “you’re never as bad as they say you are, but you’re never as good as they say you are either.” The human brain is a funny thing. It is designed to point out flaws and focus in on them. That is how we are wired. You may walk down the street and have 9 people tell you that you are beautiful, and have one person tell you that you are ugly – and our brain will almost forget all the positive and focus in on the negative. We have to learn how to re-wire our brain so that we can live in a more neutral state of mind – to not take ANY comment too seriously or to heart. When someone feels the need to go out of their way to point out something about you, whether it be negative or positive, it is always important to take it as a compliment because anyone willing to take time out of their day to talk about you must think you’re pretty… worthy of their time.

 

TBYT: What advice or encouragement do you have for young people who are being cyberbullied?

Salvatore: Never be afraid to ask for help or to confide in someone you trust about how you feel. Sometimes what truly brings you down further is not the bullying itself, but it is you. We take this hate to the heart and start to hate ourselves. Cut off communication with anyone that you feel is bringing you down. They aren’t worth your time. And – if you feel as though there are some scars, do NOT be afraid of talking to a professional about helping you get back to a state of happiness and self-worth. When we break our arm, we get a cast from the doctor. Our minds also needs this type of attention too sometimes. DO NOT FEEL ASHAMED OF ASKING FOR HELP!

TBYT: What’s one thing that people tend to misjudge or underestimate about you?

Salvatore: I think in general I’m put into that “sex, drugs and rock n’ roll” category before people truly give me a chance. They see the tattoos, piercings and they know my story from media outlets, but they don’t really know who I am, and what I stand for. To be honest though – it really doesn’t matter what other people think of me. I know who I am and why I’m here. Not everyone needs to get that.

TBYT: Who is your role model?

Salvatore: Anyone who follows their heart’s desires and passions. I’m constantly meeting new role models all the time. It makes me want to be a better person.

TBYT: When you’re down, what song helps to pick up your mood?

Salvatore: There isn’t really a song that picks me up from any mood. If I’m down or up, I like to create my own music. It’s therapy for me.

TBYT: Who are some of your musical influences?

Salvatore: I have a bunch, especially considering the access I had growing up in my home to SO many different musical genres and artists. To name a few… Michael Jackson, The Eagles, Nirvana, The BeeGees, Placebo, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Prince, Queen… and many more!

TBYT: We’re really passionate about encouraging other young people to use the internet for good. What’s one positive way that you would like to see the internet change?

Salvatore: The internet allows you to speak to literally MILLIONS of people. You can post something profound that could go viral and it could change so many people’s lives. Why wouldn’t you want to do that? You have all of this power at the tips of your fingers (literally)… Why choose to be the villain when you can be a hero?

TBYT: What’s one thing you want people to know about Smashing Satellites?

Salvatore: My music comes from my deepest sorrows and my most immense highs. In those moments of despair and joy I have found what truly makes me feel free – MUSIC. These songs are my every breath and I just want everyone to breathe them in… feel them… and breathe them out for someone else.

TBYT: What do you have coming up for the rest of the year?

Salvatore: We are just in the process of playing some one of shows and gearing up to start touring. It’s going to be an amazing year end and beginning.