Amazing Kids! Magazine

Amazing Kids! of the Month – June 2014 – World of Children Award

World of Children Youth Award Honorees
By Kasey Dallman, AKOM Writer

 

Quotes of the month

“It’s so important to believe in your abilities to overcome any obstacles.”
-Michaela “Chaeli” Mycroft, amazing ability activist

“Understand that roadblocks are actually arrows pointing a new and usually better path to your destination.”
-Sarah Cronk, amazing founder of The Sparkle Effect

Amazing Kids! of the Month

If you could have any superpower what would it be? Invisibility? Super strength? Incredible Speed? Those would all be totally awesome, but how about making a difference in the lives of other children?!

In the last 17 years World of Children Award has awarded and recognized 100 brave men and women who all devote their lives to help vulnerable children. How spectacular is that? This month we have a special edition of Amazing Kids! of the Month, and are thrilled to introduce two of the latest youth award honorees, Michaela “Chaeli” Mycroft and Sarah Cronk. These two teens show us that some of the coolest superpowers aren’t supernatural abilities but rather our selfless work to help others who are struggling around us.

Chaeli and Sarah attended the awards ceremony on Nov. 7, 2013 in New York City where they were both the World of Children Youth Awards.

Chaeli and Sarah attended the awards ceremony on Nov. 7, 2013 in New York City where they were both the World of Children Youth Awards.

Keep reading to learn more about the World of Children Awards and the awesome work that Chaeli and Sarah are doing!

Introducing the Incredible World of Children Organization

The World of Children Youth Award was thought up 1996 by Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz after a pretty inspiring story. As Mr. Leibowitz was recovering from surgery, he was watching the Pulitzer Prize announcements on the television and realized that while there are many different notable award ceremonies such as the Pulitzer Prize, Nobel Prize, and Oscars, there are no awards for those people who work tirelessly to help vulnerable children.

The World of Children Award was thus created, and in 1998 the first honorees were awarded!  World of Children Award aims to recognize and elevate selfless individuals who make a difference in the lives of children. Now 100 individuals leading more than 100 organizations in 140 countries have been recognized!

In 2013 World of Children Award awarded two teens with the World of Honor Youth Awards: Chaeli Mycroft was awarded for her incredible campaign to support the mobility and educational needs of disabled children in South Africa, and Sarah Cronk was awarded for her work in generating over 100 inclusive cheerleading and dance teams in schools throughout the nation. We can’t wait for you to learn more about these amazing girls!

Chaeli Mycroft, amazing ability activist

Chaeli Mycroft knows all too well that life can throw some interesting curveballs, but in spite of all the daily challenges Chaeli refuses to let her voice go unheard. A native of South Africa, Chaeli has made it her mission to create a global community that accepts and embraces disabilities. Born with cerebral palsy, Chaeli doesn’t see her disability as a burden, but rather as a gift. “It’s so important to believe in your abilities to overcome any obstacles,” she said. Now Chaeli is an “ability activist,” helping children across the world overcome physical challenges.

You would never know that Chaeli was born with a disability by looking at her huge smile! We love how Chaeli has turned her disability into an amazing opportunity to help others.

You would never know that Chaeli was born with a disability by looking at her huge smile! We love how Chaeli has turned her disability into an amazing opportunity to help others.

To make sure that all children reach their full potential, Chaeli co-found The Chaeli Campaign. The organization supports the mobility and educational needs of children with disabilities in South Africa. Since The Chaeli Campaign was founded, countless lives have been touched and more than 10,000 disabled children have received equipment, physical therapy, and more!

Now a World of Children Youth Award Honoree, Chaeli will be able to give hundreds of children basic skills training and enrichment for the next two years. “Winning this award means that I have an amazing platform to spread the message of my activism, and it recognizes the hard work that goes into being an activist,” Chaeli said.

Chaeli’s amazing efforts have touched the lives of countless other children who have disabilities.

Chaeli’s amazing efforts have touched the lives of countless other children who have disabilities.

We can’t wait to see how the World of Children Award will impact Chaeli’s amazing efforts! To learn more about The Chaeli Campaign visit http://chaelicampaign.co.za/.

Sarah Cronk, amazing founder of The Sparkle Effect

Sarah Cronk witnessed the hurtful effects of leaving others out when her older brother, Charlie, struggled to make friends due to a disability. I’m sure many of us have seen a fellow student left out; whether it be at the lunch tables, during recess, or even in the classroom.  Sometimes when other kids are different than us it seems “easier” to not include them because we might not know how to talk or interact with them. But leaving others out is never the answer!

The challenges that Sarah’s brother faced inspired her to make a difference in the lives of other children.

The challenges that Sarah’s brother faced inspired her to make a difference in the lives of other children.

As Sarah’s brother Charlie knows, it is scary and hurtful to be left alone. Finally after being turned away by lunch table after lunch table, Charlie was invited to eat lunch with the popular swim team captain. The captain even encouraged Charlie to join the swim team. Sarah was so inspired by this act of kindness from the swim team captain. In fact, in 2008 Sarah created and coached America’s first cheerleading squad that included students with disabilities. A year later she created The Sparkle Effect, Inc.

“The Sparkle Effect helps students across the nation create cheerleading and dance programs including students with disabilities,” Sarah said. Since its founding, The Sparkle Effect has created over 100 inclusive cheerleading and dance teams in schools throughout the United States! Way to go Sarah!

Thank you Sarah for creating inclusive cheerleading and dance teams!

Thank you Sarah for creating inclusive cheerleading and dance teams!

Sarah is using the World of Children Youth Award to generate 100 more teams, and provide uniforms and on-site confidence training for 2,000 students. What Sarah is doing is truly incredible, and we can’t congratulate her enough! She even gave us this awesome advice: “When you get stuck, refuse to see roadblocks. Instead, see signposts. Understand that roadblocks are actually arrows pointing to a new and usually better path to your destination.”

Are you interested in learning more about The Sparkle Effect and how you can create a team?! Visit www.thesparkleeffect.org.

How You Can Help

Chaeli’s and Sarah’s stories are so inspiring! Do you have an idea on how you can help others? We would love to see you put your heart into it. Even something as simple as inviting someone else to your lunch table makes a huge difference! So get out there, and put your mark on the world!

To learn more about World of Children Award visit www.worldofchildren.org.