Avril's Blog

The Clinton Global Initiative

Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Hey Everyone,

I wanted to update you guys on the Clinton Global Event that i attended in NYC a couple of weeks ago. I had never heard of this event before I started working on creating The Avril Lavigne Foundation. I just thought it would be a good chance for me to learn so I was really excited to be invited to go. You can also check out some of the videos they have online HERE.

I saw a session about how important it is to help girls because in many parts of the world girls are not treated as well as boys. There was a girl from India who spoke about how she decided to help the really poor girls in her country find good jobs because she was just lucky to have parents who were not poor. She was the youngest person at the conference.

Jim Carrey talked about a way to grow more rice using less water and less land- helping small farmers grow enough food to feed their families.

It was interesting to hear how texting, cell phones and stuff like Twitter, Facebook and the internet can really help the millions of people in the world living with disabilities do the same kinds of jobs as people without disabilities. This was great to hear since The Avril Lavigne Foundation is working with Easter Seals to help children and youth with disabilities.

Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Bush did a really good job talking about why education is so important.

The President of Haiti talked about what's happening in Haiti since the earthquake. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done to help the people who are still living in tents and the children who can't go to school.

President Obama introduced his wife Michelle. She talked about how important it is to support military families with jobs when they come out of the military.

I had such a good time at the event. Learned a lot and still have so much more to learn. I really hope to do more things like the Clinton Global Initiative, and meet more young people who want to get involved in some way in The Avril Lavigne Foundation.