This winning video includes the student discussing a time where she was a victim of anti-Semitic behaviors by other students, and that she did not feel supported by her school or that the issue of anti-semitism was addressed. We hope to amplify August’s voice and encourage students, parents and teachers everywhere to have some of those difficult conversations, because young people are up to that challenge. We are not trying to dwell on the past, but we hope AFLA can work with August to turn this situation into a positive learning and growing experience.
"If individuals are valued for their empathy and compassion, the world could be a safer and more accepting place. Each time we stand up to improve the lives of others or strike out against injustice, a tiny bit of hope is sent out into the world.”
“I hope to make choices in my life that will be remembered, and want to bring joy to those around me.”
“In truth, I think anyone can relate to Anne and her quote, no matter their age, race, gender, or religion.”
“Although incredibly painful, it is beautiful that by writing in her diaries and sharing her room with millions of strangers, Anne’s wish came true. Anne not only did not die in vain, but she became one of the most impactful and celebrated writers in history. Her thoughts and dreams are still alive 80 years after her death.”
“As the years have gone by, I have grown strong. All I needed was just to love myself. Find my “thing”. And though I am young, I’ve realized that as I try to sift through all the possibilities of what my future could entail, I am always brought back to the same one thing. I want to be somebody who someone completely unrelated to me will somehow remember.”
“I guess what I'm trying to say is: I don't just want to go on living after my death, I want to go on fighting, loving, honoring, and holding out hope. As has Anne Frank.”