KIDS FOR WOLVES
ANYONE CAN ADVOCATE
My journey of advocacy for endangered animals began the first time I heard a wolf howl. It was at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York where we had stopped while on my family’s annual trip to Maine. I was five, and a city kid who rarely had a chance to see wild animals like wolves.
My love for wolves first appeared when I saw Atka, the Ambassador Wolf, for the first time. I was awestruck by his strong stance and incredible presence. I was so happy to spend so much time with these animals, and you can imagine the sadness I felt when I found out that they were endangered.
I was so confused; why would anyone want to get rid of such amazing animals?
I told my mother that I wanted to do something about this terrible problem, and she had a great idea; to start an organization about wolves, that I could use to spread the word about wolves and the trouble that they are in to my fellow nature-loving children.
And so, just a few days later, Kids For Wolves was born. I set out making a Facebook page and a website, and soon enough, I got into the near-daily rhythm of sharing news, posts about how to save wolves, and of course a few cute pictures as well.
I've kept up this cycle for nearly nine years now, and don't plan on stopping any time soon!
In March of 2017, I started a project in which I printed a ton of postcards that I designed myself, saying "Save the Endangered Species Act!" I mailed cards to many people, from all over the country who wanted to help save wolves. When they received the letter in the mail, they would fill in the address to their state representatives and legislators, and mail them once again. The legislators who received the letters would clearly get the message; that kids and adults in their area were fighting for the protection of wolves and their fellow endangered animals. At least one person from nearly every state participated!
SENATOR CASEY'S OFFICE
A week after I began the Postcard Project, I got an email from one of Senator Casey's aides. He invited me to visit the political office in Philadelphia, where I would either talk to Senator Casey himself, or one of his assistants if he was not in town. Unfortunately, when I visited, the Senator himself was in Washington, but that was alright. I got to meet one of his aides, Larry K Hailsham Jr. We had an awesome discussion about Kids for Wolves, the Endangered Species Act, and what was going on in the world of wolves. The best part? Senator Casey decided that he would vote in favor of keeping the ESA the way it always had been, providing the right protections to endangered animals all over the country.
WOLF BOOK OF ABCs
In honor of #LoboWeek 2018, I began working on an ABC book of wolves, containing pictures of wolves and a fact about them for every letter of the alphabet. If you'd like to contribute to funding the publishing, you can head over to https://www.gofundme.com/abc-book-of-wolves
and make a donation (totally optional of course)!
Kids and Wolves.
Things I've been up to.
In December of 2018, Kids for Wolves
was featured in a New York Times' paper segment about kids in community service.