Monday, August 29, 2016

A New York 7th Grader Is Using Sneakers to Stop Bullying

The 13-year-old 7th grader started a sneaker drive to give away new or slightly used sneakers to students in hopes to prevent bullying over sneakers, while simultaneously giving his peers the confidence that we all have felt when rocking a new pair of sneakers for the first time. During the month of August alone, Downs has has collected upwards of 50 pairs of sneakers ranging from Nikes, to Adidas, to Air Jordans, as well as $1,535 out of his $5,000 goal on his GoFundMe page that will go towards purchasing sneakers that he will give away. If you are in New York and are looking to help the cause, Downs will be distributing the sneakers at a book bag giveaway this Saturday at the Thomas P. Ryan Center at 530 Webster Avenue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Rochester, NY.

Click here to support Zaire's Back 2 School Sneaker Drive by Tamara Leigh

Zaire Downs is a 12yr old youth activist from Rochester, NY. After watching the news coverage of racism, police brutality and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, he decided to plan a March called #CanILive? to give other youth a voice in these very scary and turbulent times. On July 10th he and a gro...