Taking the Helm

Recently, my younger sister picked up an immense social project where she is helping donate toys to CHOP. My little sister taking on this project is just one of many examples of young women in the world taking the helm and leading where the next generation will go. So, today I will be focussing this blog on the younger women of my age category (8-14) and sharing the stories of some extraordinary young women.

IMG_4680.jpgMy younger sister who’s a freshman at Radnor High School recently posted this picture of me and announced to all that she will be starting a project where she will be collecting toys for the children of CHOP.

I have been in and out of hospitals from a very young age due to my severe asthma and other lung problems and every time we first went to the hospital, my sister would come with us. She noticed that there isn’t very much joy in the children’s wing, so she has decided that she wanted to change that.

She will be collecting play dough, stickers, drawing supplies, puzzles, action figures, dolls, and other games and toys because she saw that there was a need in the world and took the initiative to fill that need. 1_pjzwRpWPE1y-q8LMWlZ-QQ.jpeg

Amariyanna “Mari” Copeny, AKA Little Miss Flint, has been helping the people of Flint, Michigan since she was eight years old. When she was first starting out, she wrote to President Obama to see if he would be willing to meet with her to discuss how the people of Flint Michigan were being devasted by the lead in their water. Now ten years old, Mari still fights for Flint’s water system and the good of Flint as a whole. Recently, she raised over $10,000 in two weeks to provide backpacks for over 1,000 students in Flint.

“Don’t let Flint be forgotten, the news will come and go but the crisis is not over.” is Mari’s main message to people who want to help those in Flint. Mari’s fight is not over, but at the young age of 8, Mari worked towards ending a major crisis within her town and is still doing working to help better the people of Flint, Michigan.

105050837-Sophie_Cruz.jpgIn 2015, when Sophie Cruz was 5 years old, she dodged security for Pope Francis and gave him a note asking for help. Sophie and her family are one of 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States and came to ask the pontiff for help.

She caught the attention of President Obama who invited her to the White House, but her parents could not join her due to their undocumented status.

Sophie has continued to share her story and the story of others like her. In 2016 she appeared at the Supreme Court to listen to the hearing of DAPA, an extension of President Obama’s DACA program. Despite her age, Sophie has begun to become one of America’s pivotal activists through the sharing of her story through films, interviews, and speeches.

All of these young women were faced with a problem and instead of letting the adults in their lives handle it how they wished, they began to work on the problems themselves. Young women who are close and far in our lives are beginning to take the helm and steer this generation in the direction that they want it to go in. They are standing up for their rights and the rights of others and solving the problems few others have tried to solve.

Sabrina Schoenborn

CEO and Founder of The Girl Narrative

Works Cited:

Connley, Courtney. “7 Female Activists under 23 Who Are Changing the World.” CNBC, CNBC, 8 Mar. 2018, http://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/08/these-7-young-female-leaders-are-changing-the-world.html.

Conti, Michael. “Sophie Has Taken Us On Her Journey.” Define American, 8 May 2018, defineamerican.com/blog/sophie/.

Mason, Heather. “Meet Smart Girl Mari Copeny Aka ‘Little Miss Flint’.” Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, 22 Aug. 2017, amysmartgirls.com/meet-smart-girl-mari-copeny-aka-little-miss-flint-4131419a31bd.

3 thoughts on “Taking the Helm

  1. baitingz

    Hi Sabrina, I really love how you talk about the young women in the world by looking at the project of your sister and other girls age 8-14! I always believe taking in actions is a powerful way to express one’s pursuit! I am certainly impressed by how your sister thinks there is need of joy in CHOP and then start to make changes, and I believe the world will become a better place with younger women like the ones you talk about in this blog. I agree with what you said at the end of the blog that younger women “began to work on the problems themselves” instead of waiting for the adults, hope the best on their projects and future contributions! After reading your blog, I just have one suggestion for you. Your examples in this blog are great, but I think maybe you can provide some general information as well? Something like the number of younger women engaging in social projects and its growth in recent years?

  2. bessgoldstein


    I am always blown away by your blog posts, this one especially. The writing skills you have to portray each woman is unique in perspective, but you tie them all together very well. The age group 8-14 must have been a more difficult one to research, I assume, as there are fewer women who are as active and known for doing great things at that age. (as expected). Regardless of that, I think you did a great job finding some great examples of women taking the helm. Good for your sister for being apart of that great organization!

  3. Yuchen Cao

    I appreciate how you recognize and value each personal story. I think it is important that teenagers and young adults in this world take actions in response to some of the issues that we have today. In order to achieve a better world, we need perspectives from all sides. Yound adults have unique experiences and opinions that are valueble, and their actions will be as impactful as those of the adults. You’ve done good works as a leader and activitst in this field!


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