Big League Talent

Big League Talent

Kelsie Whitmore is the highest ranked female baseball player in decades.
Kelsie Whitmore pitches for the Staten Island FerryHawks.
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Kelsie Whitmore is going places. In May, the pitcher and left fielder made her debut with the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. She’s now the highest ranked female baseball player in decades—and many believe that her best is yet to come. 

Whitmore is used to leading the way. She was the only girl on her high school varsity baseball team, and when she was 17, she and two other women signed to play for the Sonoma Stompers, a team that’s part of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball. Their teammates and opponents were all men. 

Now Whitmore, who also played on the U.S. Women’s National Team at the Pan American Games for several years, is closer than ever to Major League Baseball (MLB). Experts say the Atlantic League is one step below MLB. Many of the league’s players work on honing their skills in the hopes that a major league team will invite them to join its minor league partner team. Whitmore is no exception.

Whitmore is smaller than the men she’s trying to strike out, so she’s gotten creative when it comes to her pitching. The 24 year old has a secret weapon—a pitch that has become known as “The Thing.” She developed The Thing by changing her grip on the ball and the motion of her arm to change the way the ball moved. Such hard work, plus a whole lot of talent, has baseball experts believing that Whitmore has a bright future in the sport. Whitmore herself is aiming to get to the next level.

“Of course. That’s the big dream,” Whitmore told MLB.com. “I wouldn’t be playing this game if I didn’t have the mindset and the drive to want to hopefully, potentially, get there one day. It’s definitely going to be hard; it’s not going to be easy. But it’s definitely something that I…dream about.”

Fun Fact

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Imagine trying to keep track of a baseball team where the uniforms are all different colors.
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For a few months in 1882, baseball teams tried something new with their uniforms. The colors of the uniforms weren’t different for each team. Instead, they depended on players’ positions on the field. For example, all first basemen on every team wore red-and-white striped shirts. The only way to tell who was on which team was to look at the players’ legs. Each team’s stockings were a different color!

No one liked these uniforms, and they were changed before the season was over.

Weiss the Wonder

Black and white photo of a baseball team in uniforms reading Weiss AS. All players are male except Alta Weiss, in the center.
Alta Weiss (center) played with a team called the Weiss All-Stars in the early 20th century. The team was named after her!
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As a kid, Alta Weiss discovered two things: She loved baseball, and she was a talented pitcher. She went on to play semi-professional baseball.

Here’s the amazing thing about Weiss’s story. She grew up in the early 1900s, a time when girls had few opportunities to play on sports teams. But Weiss found ways to play anyway. As a teenager, she joined pickup games in her hometown of Vermilion, Ohio, playing with and against boys and men.

In 1907, when Weiss was 17, the mayor of Vermilion saw one of these games and told the manager of the Vermilion Independents, a semi-pro baseball team, that he needed to see her play. But the manager refused. Weiss was a young woman, and he didn’t want any female ball players.

Eventually, though, the manager had a change of heart. He arranged a special game and asked Weiss to pitch for one of the two teams. Then he watched as Weiss struck out player after player for a total of 15 strikeouts. Weiss wasn’t just good; she was great. The manager asked her to join the Independents.

That season, Weiss pitched eight games for the Independents, receiving as much pay as her male teammates. Fans flocked to see Weiss—who they called “Girl Wonder”—in action. She went on to play semi-pro baseball for two more years.

Weiss used her earnings to go to medical school—another unusual path for a woman to take in the early 1900s. In 1914, she was the only woman to graduate from what later became The Ohio State University Medical College.

Weiss had a long career as a doctor—but she remained a baseball fan for life.

Did you know that women in the U.S. had a professional baseball league in the 1940s and 1950s?

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WORD OF THE DAY

formidable

PART OF SPEECH:
adjective
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: very powerful or strong : deserving serious attention and respect
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Top of the Class

Top of the Class

Elizabeth Bonker found her voice, and she wants to help others do the same.

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When Elizabeth Bonker gave the commencement (graduation) speech to her classmates at Rollins College in May 2022, she didn’t say a word. But her message came through loud and clear: Use your voice to help others. 

Bonker, who is nonspeaking, delivered her speech using text-to-speech software. That is, she typed the words into a device and a computerized voice conveyed them into the microphone. Bonker used the technology in her college classes as well. She said it had opened a whole world to her.

“I am one of the lucky few nonspeaking autistics who have been taught to type,” she told her classmates. “That one critical intervention unlocked my mind from its silent cage, enabling me to communicate and to be educated.”

Bonker is affected by autism, a term used to describe a range of conditions that can include repetitive behaviors, trouble reading social cues, and communication challenges. About 25 to 35 percent of people on what’s called the autism spectrum are nonspeaking, meaning they don’t speak or they use only a few words.

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Elizabeth Bonker (right) uses text-to-speech technology to communicate.

Bonker is passionate about helping others who are affected by nonspeaking autism. While in college, she founded Communication 4 All, an organization that provides communication resources to schools and other facilities. She’ll continue with this type of work now that she has her college degree.

“I have a dream. Communication for all,” she said in her speech. “My life will be dedicated to relieving [nonspeaking people] from suffering in silence.”

Bonker told her classmates that she hoped they would be inspired by Fred Rogers, as she was. Rogers was known to millions of children as Mister Rogers through his TV show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. He often talked about helping others. In fact, his show aimed to help kids be comfortable with who they are. 

“When he died, a handwritten note was found in his wallet,” Bonker said. “It said, ‘Life is for service.’”

Bonker intends to keep putting that lesson into action.

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Text to speech (TTS) is a form of technology that turns written text into audio form. TTS can be used by nonspeaking people, such as people who are affected by autism, to help them communicate. It can also be used as a read-aloud tool for people who have difficulty reading words. TTS has opened new doors for millions of people.

Justice for All

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Haben Girma speaks at a diversity and inclusion summit in Bentonville, Arkansas, in 2019.

When Haben Girma was in college, she had a problem with the dining hall. The problem wasn’t the food; it was the menu, which was printed and posted on the wall. When Girma, who is Deafblind (meaning she is both Deaf and blind), asked for a Braille menu, she was told one wasn’t available. So Girma did some research and found out that denying people with disabilities access to the same resources as everyone else is against the law. She spoke out, and the menus were changed.

It was the beginning of a larger fight. In 2013, Girma became the first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School. Today, she is a disability rights lawyer, dedicated to expanding rights and opportunities for people with disabilities.

Girma travels around the world, talking to people who have powerful jobs about the importance of inclusion. She reminds them that inclusion means giving people with disabilities access—to jobs, the Internet, and other things that many people take for granted. 

“It’s people and communities that create freedom,” Girma told MSNBC. “All of us face a choice to accept unfairness or advocate for justice.”

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WORD OF THE DAY

neurodiversity

PART OF SPEECH:

noun

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: the inclusion in a group, organization, etc. of people with different types of brain functioning

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Shark Vs. Megalodon

Shark Vs. Megalodon

A giant ancient shark called megalodon may have faced some serious competition for food.

A great white shark pursues a school of fish and says yum while a megalodon says, “Hey, leave some for the rest of us.”
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Bigger isn’t always better. Scientists say they believe that a massive prehistoric shark called megalodon may have been wiped out by the presence of a smaller shark: the great white shark.

Megalodon was a beast. At 60 feet (18.3 meters) long, it was more than three times the length of the great white shark. Megalodon’s teeth were as big as an adult’s palm. It was probably at the top of the food chain. 

Knowing this, scientists have long wondered why this ancient sea monster went extinct about three million years ago. They think it’s possible that some environmental factors, like sea level changes, helped lead to megalodon’s demise. But they wondered about megalodon’s relationship with the great white shark. After all, the two species co-existed for a while, and the great white shark is still dominating the world’s oceans today.

Researchers examined zinc isotopes (variants) in the teeth of sharks that are both extinct and in existence. Zinc is an element. Zinc in tooth enamel can provide clues about an animal’s diet. Scientists found evidence that ancient megalodons and ancient great white sharks ate many of the same large fish. That means they may have been competing for food. Megalodons could have hunted great white sharks, but so far scientists haven’t found any evidence of that.

But why would the smaller great white shark win a competition against a giant megalodon? The answer may be that megalodons just couldn’t get enough to eat.

“The smaller sized great whites likely did not require as much food as megalodon did, so they would have had the competitive advantage if they were feeding on similar prey items,” geochemist Michael Griffiths told CNN.

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Bite force is measured in Newtons. Scientists believe megalodon’s bite force was 150,000 Newtons. Check out how that compares to some other animals.

Do Sharks Really Die If They Stop Swimming?

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It’s a widespread belief: If sharks stop swimming, they die. But is that actually true?

It’s true for some shark species but not others. For example, the nurse shark and the tiger shark can stop swimming whenever they want. They breathe by way of buccal pumping, actively “inhaling” water by using cheek muscles to draw it into the mouth and over the gills. This allows sharks to stop moving but continue breathing. 

But some shark species don’t have the luxury of buccal pumping. For example, the great white shark, the whale shark, and the mako shark don’t have buccal muscles at all. Instead, these sharks rely on obligate ram ventilation. This is a way of breathing that requires sharks to swim with their mouths open. The faster they swim, the more water is pushed through their gills. If they stop swimming, they stop receiving oxygen. They move or die.

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Megalodon’s teeth were up to 6.9 inches (17.8 centimeters) in length. Find out what made this apex predator tick.
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A fossilized megalodon tooth.

WORD OF THE DAY

smithereens

PART OF SPEECH:

plural noun

Definition:

: small broken pieces: tiny bits

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Burritos Get An Upgrade

Burritos Get An Upgrade

Tired of messy mealtimes, a group of students invented tape that prevents burritos, tacos, and other foods from busting apart.
Three young women holding burritos that are fastened with tape
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Three members of the Tastee Tape team show off their invention.

Picture it: You bite into a scrumptious burrito and—splat—its contents land all over your lap. This scenario is all too common for fans of folded food. But fear not, fastidious foodies. Engineering students at Johns Hopkins University have come up with a solution to busted burritos. They’ve created edible tape!

The adhesive strips are the creation of Tyler Guarino, Marie Eric, Rachel Nie, and Erin Walsh. The students set out to make an adhesive product with certain qualities. First, it had to be totally safe to eat. Beyond that, the students wanted it to be clear and colorless, with no noticeable taste or texture. It took months to come up with a winning formula.

The team began by studying regular tape—the kind that’s used to hold objects together. They wanted to find out what keeps the tape structure together and what sort of adhesive makes it stick. The next step was to find edible materials that had the same capabilities.

“We tested about 50 different formulations,” Guarino told CNN. Finally, the team came up with the winning formula, which they call Tastee Tape. It can be used on burritos, tacos, gyros, and any other food.

The team can’t reveal the ingredients of Tastee Tape because they’re applying for a patent.

“What I can say is that all its ingredients are safe to consume, are food grade, and are common food and dietary additives,” Guarino told Good News Network. The tape is also vegan and gluten-free.

Currently, the team has a prototype of the tape. It consists of rectangular strips of tape that measure 0.5 inches by 2 inches (1.3 centimeters by 5.1 centimeters) on a wax paper backing. All users need to do is peel a piece of tape from the paper, wet it, and stick it on a piece of food. The team hopes eventually to package Tastee Tape in rolls, like other forms of tape.

Guarino says the team members put their creation to the test on lots of burritos. They’re confident that the tape will hold together even the sloppiest foods. 

“Tastee Tape allows you to put full faith in your tortilla, and enjoy your meal, mess-free,” Guarino told Good News Network.

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The earliest adhesives were glues. Scientists have found evidence that people in ancient Israel and ancient Egypt used glue made from animal parts thousands of years ago.

Chew On This

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A 1928 newspaper ad tells readers that sliced bread has arrived.

Could burrito tape be the greatest thing since sliced bread? Judge for yourself.

People have been baking bread for about 30,000 years, but it seems that no one thought to sell loaves of sliced bread until the 20th century. In 1928, Bench’s Bakery, in Chillicothe, Missouri, began using a machine to slice its freshly baked bread. The machine, which had been invented by Davenport, Iowa, native Otto Frederick Rohwedder, was a marvel. It didn’t just save people the effort of slicing bread themselves. It also created slices that were all the same size: just under half an inch (1.3 centimeters) thick.

Rohwedder’s invention caught on, and so did a new expression: “The best thing since sliced bread” came to refer to a great and useful invention.

‘Tater Tribulations

A complaint about poorly prepared fried potatoes led to the invention of a snack food that we can’t live without.

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WORD OF THE DAY

comestible

PART OF SPEECH:

adjective

Definition:

: suitable to be eaten

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One Small Step

One Small Step

Scientists have been able to grow plants in soil from the Moon!

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Scientists have successfully grown plants in soil collected from the Moon. They say this suggests that it may one day be possible to cultivate crops on the lunar surface and beyond.

Scientists received samples of material that had been collected from the lunar surface during the Apollo missions to the Moon that took place in the 1960s and 1970s. They planted seeds from a plant called thale cress in the lunar material and added water and nutrients. They planted thale cress seeds in some Earth materials as well, some from extreme environments, including volcanic ash. They put all the plantings under an LED light to encourage growth. The result? Nearly all the seeds sprouted, including the seeds that had been planted in the lunar material.

Scientists reported that the seedlings didn’t thrive in the lunar soil the way they did in some other materials. They were smaller and grew more slowly. Their green leaves had some reddish black pigment, which is a sign of stress. 

Tray of small containers, three with lunar soil and one with a small green plant
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The experiment is part of scientists’ investigation into space agriculture. Long space missions would require the ability to cultivate food in space. So far, scientists have been able to grow food on the International Space Station. But they aren’t sure whether it’s possible to do so on celestial bodies other than Earth. 

“To explore further and to learn about the solar system we live in, we need to take advantage of what’s on the Moon, so we don’t have to take all of it with us,” said NASA scientist Jacob Bleacher. 

There are still plenty of questions to be answered. Scientists want to find out if there are ways to reduce stress for plants that grow in lunar soil. They also don’t know how well plants would do on the Moon, where the soil is regularly exposed to cosmic rays and solar wind. They’re not sure how the lunar soil would affect the nutritional value of crops, if at all. And they have more questions about how well the soil on the Moon would tolerate having to support crops. Lunar soil is very dry, so crops would need to be watered heavily.

Scientists will keep investigating. Their hope is that, someday, crops on the Moon—and maybe even on Mars—will be a reality.

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Here on Earth, you don’t need soil to grow food. Hydroponics is the practice of growing plants in water that has nutrients added to it.

Scientists say there are plenty of advantages to raising crops hydroponically. For one thing, plants can be grown in areas where the soil is poor. Without the need for fertile land, crops can be cultivated anywhere—even inside abandoned city buildings. And growing food in urban areas means using less fuel to transport crops to city dwellers. Meanwhile, forests don’t need to be cut down to create farmland.

Martian Meals

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This concept illustration shows what a Mars colony might look like.

Some people believe humans might build a settlement on Mars before the year 2050. But for Earthlings to settle on the Red Planet, we’ll have to overcome a long list of logistical challenges.

Among the biggest challenges is the need for a self-sustaining food supply. After all, it takes about seven months to travel to Mars, so trips to the supermarket are not going to happen. Transporting and then supporting large livestock for meat and dairy production probably isn’t practical either. 

Producing a food supply on Mars will require outside-the-box thinking. For example, scientists have been able to grow meat and fish products in a lab, and they’re working on creating lab-based milk and egg products too. Some people believe this could happen on Mars. Another possibility is to build insect farms, where food could be produced quickly with little water and support a potentially large population. Chowing down on bugs wouldn’t be difficult to get used to. People in many regions of Earth already incorporate insects into their diet.

And crops? Scientists say it’s not reasonable to expect a plant to grow on Mars without some serious help. The Sun is so far away from Mars that its light and heat would not be strong enough to support crops. Instead, scientists say, growing crops would probably require the use of LED lights.

As for whether plants will grow in Martian soil, scientists have yet to determine that.

No Earth Needed

Who needs soil when you have hydroponics?

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WORD OF THE DAY

arable

PART OF SPEECH:

adjective

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: suitable for farming : able to produce crops

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Equal Play, Equal Pay

Equal Play, Equal Pay

U.S. women’s soccer players will now be paid the same amount as the men’s players.
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Goooaaal! The United States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer) announced that it has reached an agreement with the U.S. men’s and women’s soccer teams to pay both teams’ players equally. The deal closes a longtime pay gap in which the female players received less pay than the male players.

“This is a truly historic moment,” U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone said in a statement. “These agreements have changed the game forever here in the United States and have the potential to change the game around the world.”

The men’s and women’s teams will be paid equally for all matches, including in the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) World Cup, the biggest international soccer competition. The two teams will pool their prize money from playing in the World Cup, and the money will be split evenly among the men, the women, and the U.S. federation. 

The prize for the men’s World Cup teams is significantly larger than the prize for the women’s teams. For example, FIFA awarded a total of $400 million in prize money to the 32 teams at the 2018 Men’s World Cup, but the 24 teams at the 2019 Women’s World Cup received just $30 million in prize money. U.S. Soccer is the first national soccer federation to agree to split the prize money evenly between the men’s and women’s teams.

The teams will also receive equal shares of the players’ portion of the revenue (income) from sponsorship and broadcasts of games.

The deal ends a dispute that dates back to 2019, when the U.S. Women’s National Team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Soccer. The lawsuit claimed that the federation’s pay policy wasn’t fair to the women’s team. In February 2022, the two sides came to a settlement. The federation agreed to pay the players involved in the case $22 million. The settlement also stated that the teams would receive equal pay in the next players’ contract. Now, those contract terms are set. 

Walker Zimmerman, a leader of the union representing the men’s team, believes the U.S. agreement may pave the way for other national federations to make changes.

“We hope this will awaken others to the need for this type of change, and will inspire FIFA and others around the world to move in the same direction,” said Zimmerman.

For now, U.S. women’s players are thrilled that they will be paid fairly for their hard work.

“I am feeling extreme pride,” U.S. Women’s National Team member Becky Sauerbrunn said on the Today show. “To be able to say finally, ‘Equal pay for equal work’ feels very, very good.”

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On average, soccer players run 7 miles (11 km) per game. This is more than athletes in any other sport. World Cup soccer players run as many as 9.5 miles (15 km) in one game.

They Are the Champions

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The U.S. team celebrates a goal during a gold-medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

The U.S. Women’s National Team is the number-one-ranked women’s soccer team in the world. The team has won four FIFA Women’s World Cup titles (including the last two, in 2015 and 2019) and four Olympic gold medals.

Soccer Superstar

U.S. women’s soccer has produced more than its share of legends. Megan Rapinoe is one of them. Rapinoe helped lead the U.S. to two World Cup championships and was named the world’s top women’s soccer player of the year in 2019.
Megan Rapinoe kicking a ball on a soccer field with teammates and members of the opposing team in the background
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Megan Rapinoe scores a goal during a game in 2021.

WORD OF THE DAY

parity

PART OF SPEECH:

noun

Definition:

: the state of being equal

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Gabriel’s Gift

A 12-year-old woodworker from England found a creative way to help children in Ukraine.
A tool is used to carve a wooden bowl.
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Gabriel Clark loves woodworking. The 12 year old from Cumbria, England, has been making things out of wood ever since he was given his grandfather’s hammer about eight years ago. Recently, Gabriel found a way to use his talent to help children in Ukraine.

Gabriel hatched his idea after his work gained newfound popularity, thanks to a shoutout from his dad. Gabriel was selling handmade bowls and cutting boards and planned to use the money to buy a new mountain bike. To help, his dad posted on Twitter, suggesting his followers might check out Gabriel’s products on Instagram. The post went viral, and Gabriel soon had more than 200,000 Instagram followers. He also had thousands of orders for wooden bowls. Gabriel realized he could use his platform for good.

On April 2, Gabriel announced that he would hold a raffle. The prize would be one of his homemade bowls, and the money would be given to Save the Children’s Children’s Emergency Fund. The fund is currently being used to help children in Ukraine, which was invaded by Russia in February. The bowl Gabriel made, which he named “My Bowl For Ukraine,” is etched with blue and yellow rings, in honor of the Ukrainian flag.

On April 17, Gabriel made an announcement on Instagram.

“We have a winner!!” he wrote. “My Bowl For Ukraine has a new home. Even though the raffle is finished, we’ve kept the [donation] page open until next weekend as donations are still flooding in.”

Gabriel had initially set a fundraising goal of 5,000 British pounds (about 6,155 U.S. dollars). As of April 25, he had raised 255,000 pounds (about 313,950 U.S. dollars). “I want to know that I can make other children’s lives better by doing a little bit of something in my own life,” Gabriel told People magazine.

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On average, soccer players run 7 miles (11 km) per game. This is more than athletes in any other sport. World Cup soccer players run as many as 9.5 miles (15 km) in one game.

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Gen Z Cares

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Members of Generation Z, which includes today’s teenagers, care deeply about a wide range of issues. Here are some of them.

Climate Change

Generation Z has been at the forefront of the fight to solve the climate crisis. A recent survey by Pew Research showed that Gen Zers and millennials are discussing climate change more than older adults are. They’re also more likely to participate in rallies and protests.

Racial Inequality

Research shows that members of Generation Z may be more concerned about racial inequality than older generations. In 2020, the organization DoSomething.org surveyed its Gen Z members and found that 72 percent had started reading, listening to, or watching content to gain a better understanding of racism in the United States. Fifty-eight percent said they had had a conversation with friends about what they could do to take action against racism.

Poverty and Hunger

Members of Generation Z want poverty and hunger to be addressed. Research by media company Cone Communications found that nearly 30 percent of Gen Zers are concerned about these issues. Not only that, but they say that fighting poverty and hunger is more important than economic development—the growth of businesses.

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Gabriel’s Gift

Gabriel’s Gift

A 12-year-old woodworker from England found a creative way to help children in Ukraine.
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Gabriel Clark loves woodworking. The 12 year old from Cumbria, England, has been making things out of wood ever since he was given his grandfather’s hammer about eight years ago. Recently, Gabriel found a way to use his talent to help children in Ukraine.

Gabriel hatched his idea after his work gained newfound popularity, thanks to a shoutout from his dad. Gabriel was selling handmade bowls and cutting boards and planned to use the money to buy a new mountain bike. To help, his dad posted on Twitter, suggesting his followers might check out Gabriel’s products on Instagram. The post went viral, and Gabriel soon had more than 200,000 Instagram followers. He also had thousands of orders for wooden bowls. Gabriel realized he could use his platform for good.

On April 2, Gabriel announced that he would hold a raffle. The prize would be one of his homemade bowls, and the money would be given to Save the Children’s Children’s Emergency Fund. The fund is currently being used to help children in Ukraine, which was invaded by Russia in February. The bowl Gabriel made, which he named “My Bowl For Ukraine,” is etched with blue and yellow rings, in honor of the Ukrainian flag.

On April 17, Gabriel made an announcement on Instagram.

“We have a winner!!” he wrote. “My Bowl For Ukraine has a new home. Even though the raffle is finished, we’ve kept the [donation] page open until next weekend as donations are still flooding in.”

Gabriel had initially set a fundraising goal of 5,000 British pounds (about 6,155 U.S. dollars). As of April 25, he had raised 255,000 pounds (about 313,950 U.S. dollars). “I want to know that I can make other children’s lives better by doing a little bit of something in my own life,” Gabriel told People magazine.

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Generation Z (born in 1997 or later) has already demonstrated an impressive willingness to help others. According to a recent report, millennials (born in the 1980s or early 1990s) have had the highest rate of giving since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Generation Z is right behind, with the second-highest rate of giving. 

Gen Z Cares

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Members of Generation Z, which includes today’s teenagers, care deeply about a wide range of issues. Here are some of them.

Climate Change

Generation Z has been at the forefront of the fight to solve the climate crisis. A recent survey by Pew Research showed that Gen Zers and millennials are discussing climate change more than older adults are. They’re also more likely to participate in rallies and protests.

Racial Inequality

Research shows that members of Generation Z may be more concerned about racial inequality than older generations. In 2020, the organization DoSomething.org surveyed its Gen Z members and found that 72 percent had started reading, listening to, or watching content to gain a better understanding of racism in the United States. Fifty-eight percent said they had had a conversation with friends about what they could do to take action against racism.

Poverty and Hunger

Members of Generation Z want poverty and hunger to be addressed. Research by media company Cone Communications found that nearly 30 percent of Gen Zers are concerned about these issues. Not only that, but they say that fighting poverty and hunger is more important than economic development—the growth of businesses.

What’s Happening in Ukraine?

Learn more about Ukraine and the war there.
© Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc.

WORD OF THE DAY

champion

PART OF SPEECH:
noun
Definition:
: someone who fights or speaks publicly in support of a person, belief, cause, etc.
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