by Matt Renaud Youth Advocate and Prevention Educator, AWARE
Earlier today, I saw a news story titled, As pressure mounts, ISIS militants hide behind kids. The title really says it all – ISIS militants are now literally using children as shields to avoid being targeted by U.S. military forces. This story was kind of the proverbial icing on the cake for me after the recent events in Paris, Colorado, and California. Even though all of these events seem to be terrorism-related at this point, it’s not even the terrorism that has me feeling down, it’s the amount of violence in general in our world that seems to be increasing as of late (or maybe the media is just paying more attention to it) and how there seem to be more and more innocent people (including many children) getting caught in the crossfire either literally or indirectly.
After seeing this news story and reflecting on recent events, I thought I’d look for some positive news stories involving youth to share in my post because it seems to me that one way to effectively “combat” this ongoing violence is to promote positivity. Sorry for a short post this time around – I just wanted to share some uplifting stuff (more for my own self-care than anything), so I hope you enjoy the following links! By the way, I read more news sources than just CBS, that’s just the site I happened to be searching on. I’m usually more of a Fox News person (just kidding!).
I hope everyone has a great holiday season and let’s keep in mind how much we all have to be truly thankful for, even in the face of such senseless violence.