Meet Lulu Cerone
I’m an eighteen-year-old author and activist with a terrible cat allergy and a lot of ambition! I spend my time encouraging youth engagement, advocating for global education, and supporting LGBTQ+ rights.
I wrote a book called PhilanthroParties! that aims to inspire the next generation of leaders to make social activism a part of their social lives. My book is a monthly party planning guide that turns any gathering, big or small, into a chance to support a cause, raise awareness or spread kindness. I also share personal stories of advocacy and activism that I learned in the eight years I ran LemonAID Warriors, which is a youth activist organization I founded when I was ten years old. I hope to mobilize youth to take action and make real change.
Why is it needed in our world?
If my generation is to address the challenges we are about to inherit, we all have to be fully engaged in our political process and in creating solutions on our own. By the time we reach adulthood, social activism needs to be second nature. That means we have to create habits of generosity, volunteerism, and civic duty while we are young. I believe wholeheartedly that every person, even if they're very young, has the capacity to make tangible changes in our world. The younger we start empowering children to participate in advocacy and activism, the more likely they will be to continue it into adulthood.
What she hopes to accomplish:
There are so many obstacles that get in the way of fostering a young person's passion for activism. First of all, there's no infrastructure in place; volunteer opportunities are often for those over 16 years old, and community service projects at school, in clubs, or through religious groups are usually once or twice a year instead of ongoing opportunities. Another huge obstacle is the fact that adults often don't take kids seriously. Our ideas aren't seen as valuable and our passions are dismissed as "cute." Finding a place to grow your love for activism and advocacy when you're young seems impossible. So my goal with PhilanthroParties! is to provide the tools to help young people overcome these obstacles by giving them party-planning ideas that they can do on their own whenever they want, so they truly foster a passion for giving back and standing up for important causes.
How we can support:
You can buy my book at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or IndieBound. Suggest it to teachers, club leaders, and parents, and spread the word on social media! You can also leave a review on Barnes and Noble or on Amazon. I'd love to hear your thoughts! You can also see the amazing impact youth are having through hosting PhilanthrtoParties by checking out my non-profit's website, www.lemonaidwarriors.com, and donating to our current projects. Currently, we are providing scholarships to our partner schools in Zimbabwe, and we are entering into phase two of our orphanage expansion in Tijuana.
Follow Lulu at:
Learn more about my book PhilanthroParties! at www.PhilanthroPartiesBook.com (I recently learned how to code so I coded the site myself!). You can also follow me @LuluCerone on Twitter and Instagram, and @LuluCeroneOfficial on Facebook. Keep up with our activism projects by following @LemonAID Warriors on Facebook and Twitter. You can make donations to our projects on www.LemonAIDwarriors.com.