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If There’s YouTube In Heaven, 1 Bullied Teen Will Be Smiling When She Sees This

Amanda Todd is famous on the Internet, but not in a good way. The 15-year-old posted her story about being brutally bullied on YouTube, weeks before committing suicide. It’s been uploaded, shared, and commented on by millions around the world. This video, featuring a bunch of teens, is the most pragmatic, raw, and constructive reaction to Amanda’s suicide I’ve seen. If Amanda had friends like these teens, she might still be alive today. Here are some of my favorite moments: 8.42: “Karma will bite them in the ass one day, and it will be awesome.”Rachel 16, on the fate of bullies.  10.21: “They try to talk to adults about it, and the adults try to brush it off like there’s nothing really wrong. So they feel like there’s no hope."Victor 16, on why some bullied kids commit suicide. 12.54: “Notice the bullies, take them … and blow them up. Then it would stop.”Alie 16, on how to end bullying.13.07: “It doesn’t make you look cool. You just look like a douche-licker.”Rumor 17, calling out kids who bully.

If There’s YouTube In Heaven, 1 Bullied Teen Will Be Smiling When She Sees This
 
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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.