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    3 Ways to be a Good Citizen

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    In 21st Century America, numerous problems run rampant. Becoming, or continuing to be, an exemplary citizen is one of the most beneficial choices one can make. Although different times and situations create various types of citizens in their community, there are a few qualities present in every ideal citizen.

    BE PROACTIVE

    First, citizens should be proactive members of a community. This can be achieved through exercising rights like voting in local, state, and national elections.

    Women have been able to vote for a century now, here are some amazing women that fought for that right!

    They are educated about current events, especially in today’s climate. However, knowing about smaller problems within a community and how to lessen those is essential for being involved. Citizens educate themselves about their surroundings and what actions can solve existing problems and prevent future ones.

    DILIGENCE

    Furthermore, diligence must be part of an exemplary citizen. Recognizing and upholding responsibilities is vital to benefit both others and yourself. Citizens have the obligation to act diligently in completing certain tasks. Putting in hard-work achieves beneficial goals in the fields of the environment, education, and social welfare.

    Lastly, tolerance of others acts as an essential trait of a citizen in 21st century America.

    Citizens must understand and appreciate the valid beliefs, ideas, and perspectives of others. Without this trait, conflicts and problems will continue to rise between various communities.

    Because of America’s diversity in background, culture, and nationality, tolerance of different people is essential to being a citizen in any community.

    Put these three qualities to use!

    These three qualities have shown themselves throughout both history and current events to be vital for growth and improvement. They benefit both the individuals and the community that they live in. Citizens that are involved and hard-working will contribute more to their society as a whole. With tolerance, the ideas and solutions they create will be increasingly accepted and implemented. Therefore, these three traits are the essential qualities of a citizen in 21st century America.

    Amazing and engaged citizens are everywhere! Check out our Sheroes to see good citizens in action!

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    Check Out Our SherOCTOBER Sheros!

    GirlSpring is seeking extraordinary girls (13-18) to be featured in our Sheroctober video series! 31 videos of sheroes will be selected and displayed on our website and social media throughout the month of October. This is your chance to shine! Build up your digital portfolio and let others know what you are doing that is special! All participants will be part of a compilation video celebrating girls in Birmingham!

    A shero is someone extraordinary and is in general making the world a better place! This could be someone who has started a community initiative, shown academic achievement, overcome adversity, is enhancing the wellbeing of others or using their artistic talents to be a positive change agent in this world. The possibilities are endless!

    Shero Criteria:

    • Girls ages 13-18 years old
    • Nomination from a non-relative
    • Access to an electronic device with video and audio features
    • A standout reason for her sheroism

    How to Submit:

    • Create a video clip (2 minutes max) acknowledging that you (can be more than one person) has been recognized as a shero, addressing what you do that makes you a shero, explain why we need sheroes in the world, and if you have any heroes in your life.
    • Videos should be interview-style, but feel free to be creative with background music and any other artistic and fun elements! MAKE IT FUN!
    • If using a cell phone, please turn horizontally when filming.
    • Upload videos to youtube, vimeo, or dropbox and include public link on the application form.
    • In addition to the Shero video, all submissions must include a second, separate video clip with the following phrase “My name is __________. I am a shero. We are Birmingham.”
    • Submit a nomination form and link to videos by September 28th to be considered.

    Nominees will be notified by October 1st if their video is going to be featured.

    Questions? Email [email protected]