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Go on a coffee date with Sarah Clements

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Sarah Clements, daughter of a Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher and senior in high school, has taken the tragedy of the Sandy Hook School shooting on 12/14 and transformed it into a catalyst for changing the world. She founded the Jr. Newtown Action Alliance to help teens use their voice and take action on issues in their own style. Local, State and Federal legislators know her by face and name after her many correspondences, meetings, articles, and trips to Congress. And every step along the way, she has served as a leader inspiring other teens to do the same. And it's not just the Newtowners who appreciate her leadership and passion. Just last month the PeaceJam organization had her as their keynote speaker for their SouthEast region. Generation Progres, a division of the Center for American Progress has worked closely with her while developing a nation-wide coaliition for youth organizations that launches later this month.

But more than what she does, Sarah is best know for who she is. Like her idol Rachel Maddow, you are unlikely to find her in a suit and heels. She is real, genuine, and down-to-earth approachable. She is as at ease with a loner teen as she is with a leader of our country. At a recent PeaceJam event, none of us were surpised to see two different people stand up to explain what inspires them in life - the way they have interacted with, and felt supported by, Sarah.

Tenacious. Well-informed. Civil. Engaged. Intelligent. Sincere. We know Rachel Maddow will have a wonderful time chatting with Sarah because they have so much in common... that is, if Sarah will remember to breathe in the presence of her idol.

 

1. CNN:  http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/08/us/newtown-six-months-later/index.html?iref=allsearch

2. Hartford Courant: http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-newtown-activists-gun-control-20130921,0,5429224.story

3. Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-clements/newtown-students-gun-control_b_4018945.html

4. The Daily Orange: http://dailyorange.com/2013/10/rodgers-millennials-hold-power-to-shift-culture-of-gun-violence-school-shootings

5. Generation Progress: http://genprogress.org/voices/2013/10/16/22476/newtown-activists-respond-to-claims-that-gun-reform-legislation-has-faded/

6. PeaceJam SouthEast http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vbd2AYIPiuo

 



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