2/24/17-2/25/17 Voices of Hope and Jacksonville Science Festival

Posted by Teens Go Green on February 25, 2017 at 5:35 PM

In one weekend I've gone to four different cities North, South, and Central Florida. The first day I woke up at 2am preparing for my two speeches and packing for my trip to Jacksonville. But this was before my 6:30am modeling job in Boca Raton. So I had to leave Miami at around 4:30am because the traffic really is THAT bad, to later drive back to the airport to head to Jacksonville. As soon as I landed in Jacksonville, I got an Uber to Jacksonville University and prepped for my speech that night.

This was a part of the Jacksonville Science Festival, the Anne Frank's Voices of Hope Exhibit. I was able to share my story of making the youth's voice heard, through action and service work in Teens Go Green. But I was more amazed to hear what everyone else had been doing in their community. I was extremely moved by an art exhibit with paintings made by young students 12-17 years old. They had a program where incarcerated students could create paintings, and knowing that it would be displayed it was the only way their voices were heard. Some of these kids are tried like adults and sentenced to lifetime prison, so this will be the only way they could communicate. This program was the only time these kids could see outside a window two times a week. It breaks my heart to hear, but it's amazing what they are doing to brighten these kids' days.

I wore my custom Consumers Against Toxic Apparel affiliate Silver Needle & Thread white business dress. I initially wore it for my pageant interviews, but I found it perfect for the occasion as it was stylish and represented environmentalism with its certified organic material. I love the fit and how classy it looks for any occasion.

Once the evening event concluded, we stayed by the beautiful Atlantic Beach! The following morning, before heading to the Jacksonville Science Festival my mother and I took a few photos by the beach.

We then headed to the Jacksonville Science Festival, which was a beautiful event where kids from all over Jacksonville presented their incredible projects. You could tell they were extremely passionate about what they did and it's so wonderful to see them so excited to share their projects with us. One kid showed up a solar oven he helped make with a black painted wooden box, and it was extremely impressive!

The main stage had some amazing experiments and explosions by the Museum of Science and History, it was like I was watching Bill Nye the Science Guy live. After the Proclamation from the City of Jacksonville, I gave a presentation on Teens Go Green.

I wore one of my favorite dresses by Consumers Against Toxic Apparel affiliate Silver Needle & Thread. It was perfect for the casual event but so fitting and flattering on my frame. I also love how the color popped in my skin tone and was great to wear at the beach!

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