In Adelle’s own words:
Peyton Heart Project Ambassador Essay: By Adelle Vo
When I was younger, I frequently saw other kids engage in playful banter with one another during our recess breaks at school. It always started out as fun and games, but there was usually a point when the seemingly harmless teasing crossed the line and became verbal bullying. Bullying puts others in a state of emotional or physical helplessness. Often times, victims lack the confidence to stand up for themselves, or they worry that others will think they’re “too sensitive” or “just can’t take a joke.”
Unfortunately, one of my really close friends had to endure this torment firsthand. She was ostracized by her peers, and the derogatory remarks she received from them made her question her self-worth. She began criticizing herself, and it was saddening to see how the negative remarks degraded her security. I know that those few months of her life were difficult, and I’d hate to see anyone else have to go through that as well. I’m so glad she decided to reach out to me for support, and I think this project will be a great way for me to be able to help others in a similar situation.
Earlier last month, a boy in my community committed “suicide by cop.” As far as I know, nothing like this has ever happened in my school district, and it was a terrible shock to the whole community. The devastating incident shed light on the importance of constantly trying our best to empathize with others who are going through a difficult time in their lives. It also serves as a reminder of the significance of offering emotional support to others who need or request it.
I first discovered this organization through one of my friends who found a heart in her local craft store. She had such a positive reaction to the crocheted heart, and seeing the excitement that stemmed from discovering one of these hearts is something I’d love to recreate. She described the heart as “… a really cool, mysterious item destined for me to find. Like something from a book!”
The Peyton Heart Project has a truly inspiring goal that I’d love to help accomplish through my involvement. I want to be an ambassador because I think it’s extremely important to educate others about the consequences of bullying. In addition, crafting is one of my hobbies, so I think it’ll be really fun to spread the love by doing what I love. I will strive to spread as much positivity as I can by scattering the hearts all around my community and the places I travel. I plan to recruit others to join a craft club I’m starting in order to help create and disperse the hearts in order to spread awareness about the importance of self-acceptance and the prevention of bullying. I hope that the hearts we scatter will be able to positively impact other people.