We the Youth: Razia & Maurice

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These teens turned a neighborhood march for peace into an annual global event

A few years ago, Chicago-native Razia Hutchins found herself in a class discussing the recent shooting death of a local teen after a high school basketball game. Unfortunately, stories like this were all too common and most people just accepted it as simply the way things were, but not Razia. 

Razia wanted change to come to her community. So, she came up with the idea for a neighborhood peace march, and the I Am For Peace movement was born.

Teaming up with her best friend Maurice Young, the two rallied people across Chicago together, and the march has since grown from 100 people in its first year to 2500 this year! So far, the movement has been celebrated in 26 schools, 10 cities, and three countries.

For their incredible community work, Allstate presented them with a $10,000 scholarship this year at WE Day! These two friends are leading an unstoppable force for good, and it was so awesome catching up with them backstage.

Watch this sneak peek of them at WE Day featuring Common!

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Razia: It’s important for us to give back to our communities because we grew up on the south side of Chicago. The culture is just so rich and it has built us. The only thing we can do is try to give back and help our community.

Maurice: It’s a way to be the change that you want to see happening in the world.

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Razia: Don’t be a victim—be a voice. If you see something that’s not going right in your community just stand up. Always speak up and don’t let one person or a group of people try to take you off track.

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Razia: Everyone who has had a part in just sticking up for what they believe in, whether they played a big role or a little role. They have taught me something.

Maurice: J. Cole and Martin Luther King Jr.

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Razia: I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings by Maya Angelou and Big Girls Don’t Cry by Rebecca Traister

Maurice: Pay it Forward

YouthBlog_Blue_Divider2See Razia Hutchins & Maurice Young on the WE Day stage! Get inspired to bring out the good at WE Day August 21 8/7C on ABC. You don’t miss want to miss this! Are you changing the world? Share your story with #theysay and read more like yours at theysayproject.tumblr.com.

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