Actress Yara Shahidi hopes to inspire tiny acts of good Yara Shahidi arrives at the CHANEL Pre-Oscar Dinner in Los Angeles. (Photo by Omar Vega/Invision/AP, File/U.S. Department of State)
Actress Yara Shahidi hopes to inspire tiny acts of good
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Yara Shahidi is an actress. She wants young people to know that little by little, it's possible to make a difference in the world.

She is the star of Freeform's "Grown-ish." She is one of a group of influencers across the globe. They are taking part in a movement called Little x Little.

There are more than 2 billion people worldwide born between the mid-1990s and mid-2000s. They make up Generation Z.

Little x Little has a goal. It is to inspire as many of those Gen Z'ers as they can to do 2 billion tiny acts of good by 2030. These acts should be in support of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. It is a list of 17 ways to make the world more peaceful, equitable and healthy.

Participants are encouraged to post their own efforts to do good on social media. They should use the tag #LittlexLittle. They should share ideas. The ideas range from reducing meat consumption to ditching the car and biking instead.

In has been two weeks since a "Little x Little" anthem video launched on YouTube explaining the project. It's been viewed more than 15 million times.

Shahidi, 18, says to look no further than this week's student walkout to protest gun violence. Students can also look to the upcoming March for Our Lives rallies as an example that young people are socially engaged and want to make the world better.

She also says there's a benefit to the abundance of time they spend on their phones.

"Because of our interconnectivity, we see people that aren't directly in front of us and understand there's something greater to contribute to," she said.

Her own personal examples of doing good include contributing money and time to causes within a mile radius of her own home.

Another influencer taking part is disabled model Jillian Mercado. She's posted a video online to remind others that small acts to slow down climate change can add up to a big difference.

"Everybody wants to feel like a superhero in their own way," Mercado said. "With social media we can literally connect with the whole world, have conversations and see that every single person has a voice."

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COMMENTS (3)
  • Charlotte-E2
    4/12/2018 - 11:39 a.m.

    An actress named Yara Shahidi is trying to inspire people to do 2 billion tiny acts of good before 2030. I think that this is really cool because lots of people need a tiny act of good.

  • 25jcolsi
    4/19/2018 - 10:24 a.m.

    It is important to make a difference in the world because it can make our world better and safer. People should take a stand against things like school shootings and death threats. The more people do to help, the safer our world will be.

  • TriniteeS-par
    5/22/2018 - 09:52 a.m.

    Yara Shahidi is encouraging people to make an impact. She posted a video and less than 2 weeks in reached 15 million views.

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