Results for - Proving That The Future Is In Good Hands

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What more can we ask than for our children to grow up to be compassionate, empathetic and caring global citizens, caring more for others than they do for themselves? These amazing (overused word, but fits here) young people are a shining example of what the future holds. 18 year old Collingwood, Ontario Leah Denbok may be young, but she sees the world through a maturity far beyond her years. Capturing the faces and stories of homeless people, she hopes to change the public's perception of people experiencing homelessness. Through her series of books,

1. What more can we ask than for our children to grow up to be compassionate, empathetic and caring global citizens, caring more for others than they do for themselves? These amazing (overused word, but fits here) young people are a shining example of what the future holds. 18 year old Collingwood, Ontario Leah Denbok may be young, but she sees the world through a maturity far beyond her years. Capturing the faces and stories of homeless people, she hopes to change the public's perception of people experiencing homelessness. Through her series of books, "Nowhere to Call Home: Photographs and Stories of the Homeless," she aims to humanize this population. "I want people to see that, apart from the unfortunate circumstances in which they find themselves, they are no different than you and I". She has published two books already, with a third one in the works. All her proceeds go to the Barrie Bayside Mission Centre, to give back to the subjects of her photography. Does it surprise you that a woman this young would be so altruistic?

Yes
21%
481 votes
No, not surprising at all
57%
1,321 votes
Undecided
22%
498 votes
Leah and her father first traveled around her hometown and Toronto talking to the homeless, offering them $10 for their permission to tell their story. Leah's interest in their cause stems from her own families' past -- her own mother was once homeless and living on the streets of Calcutta, India, in the early 1970s, and was brought by a police officer to Mother Teresa's orphanage. When she turned five, she was adopted by a couple from Stayner, Ont., near Collingwood. Have you or anyone in your family ever been homeless?

2. Leah and her father first traveled around her hometown and Toronto talking to the homeless, offering them $10 for their permission to tell their story. Leah's interest in their cause stems from her own families' past -- her own mother was once homeless and living on the streets of Calcutta, India, in the early 1970s, and was brought by a police officer to Mother Teresa's orphanage. When she turned five, she was adopted by a couple from Stayner, Ont., near Collingwood. Have you or anyone in your family ever been homeless?

No
70%
1,599 votes
I have
14%
332 votes
Someone in my family has
13%
298 votes
A friend of mine has
8%
192 votes
Three years ago, Shoushi Bakarian was sitting in Lebanon, part of a family of four Syrian refugees facing an uncertain future with hope of making a new start in Canada. Fast-forward 36 months: 21 year old Shoushi is in her third year of aerospace engineering at Montreal's Concordia University. She has learned her fourth language, French – in addition to English, Arabic and Armenian. She's got two part-time jobs with promising prospects in her field: one in the parts department at Bombardier Aerospace and another at Stratos Aviation, a small aviation and flight simulation firm. There, she's co-created her first invention in the lab she's building: a ventilation device that she redesigned for Cessna Aircraft. She also leads a Scout troop where she hopes to influence others. Despite concern that refugees will pose financial problems to the nations they resettle in, research has found that accepting refugees actually boosts national economies. Some experts have argued that, though the initial cost of resettling can be high, accepting refugees is a good investment in the financial future of a nation. Do you think that stories like this young woman's will go a long way in proving this to be true?

3. Three years ago, Shoushi Bakarian was sitting in Lebanon, part of a family of four Syrian refugees facing an uncertain future with hope of making a new start in Canada. Fast-forward 36 months: 21 year old Shoushi is in her third year of aerospace engineering at Montreal's Concordia University. She has learned her fourth language, French – in addition to English, Arabic and Armenian. She's got two part-time jobs with promising prospects in her field: one in the parts department at Bombardier Aerospace and another at Stratos Aviation, a small aviation and flight simulation firm. There, she's co-created her first invention in the lab she's building: a ventilation device that she redesigned for Cessna Aircraft. She also leads a Scout troop where she hopes to influence others. Despite concern that refugees will pose financial problems to the nations they resettle in, research has found that accepting refugees actually boosts national economies. Some experts have argued that, though the initial cost of resettling can be high, accepting refugees is a good investment in the financial future of a nation. Do you think that stories like this young woman's will go a long way in proving this to be true?

Yes
46%
1,054 votes
Not sure
42%
956 votes
No
13%
290 votes
David Hogg has been among the most vocal of the survivors in the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and staff were killed after a former classmate who allegedly opened fire with an AR-15-style rifle. In the months after the mass shooting, Hogg and many of his classmates spent much of their time speaking out against gun violence and encouraging young people to vote, harnessing the power of social media -- hashtag, #NeverAgain -- to spread the message. Now, the next step for this young man is Harvard University, where he will be studying political science there this fall. Given his activism in the past year, do you think his future in politics seems promising?

4. David Hogg has been among the most vocal of the survivors in the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and staff were killed after a former classmate who allegedly opened fire with an AR-15-style rifle. In the months after the mass shooting, Hogg and many of his classmates spent much of their time speaking out against gun violence and encouraging young people to vote, harnessing the power of social media -- hashtag, #NeverAgain -- to spread the message. Now, the next step for this young man is Harvard University, where he will be studying political science there this fall. Given his activism in the past year, do you think his future in politics seems promising?

Definitely!
23%
538 votes
Hopefully!
27%
624 votes
Not sure
30%
697 votes
No
11%
251 votes
No, and this would be because of his activism
8%
190 votes
01/22/2019 Living 2399 53 By: Harriet56

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