Caryn Oppenheim

“Activism is being aware of your privilege. being able to have dialogues about your lack of privilege and calling people in instead of calling people out.”

 

Interviewee: Caryn Oppenheim

Interviewer: Mary Rose D., Grade 11

Interview Date: February 12, 2015

Interview Location: Cradles to Crayons, Brighton, MA

 

 Student Reflection:

After visiting Cradles to Crayons I learned that you can make a difference no matter how small. I learned that giving back to the community is just as important as helping people around the world. The motto of Cradles to Crayons is “Quality Equals Dignity.” To me, this means that everything that is donated should reflect the dignity of those who receive the donation. I learned that it is important to value everyone and how teamwork will help you positively impact others. After interviewing at Cradles to Crayons, I see even more how everything that I do is connected to other people. By making certain choices I can make a difference.

 

“Seeing the moment when teenagers realize that they can make a difference is amazing.”

“Everyone sees the giving factory as a volunteer Disneyland and our goal is to try to take out the giving factory and put it into the community and let people know that the giving factory is fun and is just as important.”

“Think about how everything is connected, what you do here in Massachusetts does affect what happens in the world.”

“Everything is interconnected, so whether you work for in international organization or work for an organization that serves people in Massachusetts, it’s all important. “

“It’s all about thinking of that cycle, other people are connected to our everyday convenience and how you fit in that piece.”

“It’s important to value everyone and how important teamwork is and that there will always be a need and it’s what you do with your time and energy and that you can make an individual impact.”

“I believe that everyone can make a difference, no matter what your socioeconomic status is, everyone can help out their community.”

“Racism and other forms of discrimination are sometimes more subtle than that…thinking about what you can do to speak out against those less ostensible, sort of in your face, acts [of racism and discrimination].”

“Activism is being aware of your privilege. being able to have dialogues about your lack of privilege and calling people in instead of calling people out.”

“Young people…who are able to listen…and educate themselves and being able to be open open to dialogue is definitely the first step because from there there is so much you can accomplish.”