Oct. 15, 2018 By Laura Hanrahan
New York City’s youngest residents will have an opportunity to make their voices heard at a neighborhood march this weekend.
The Young and Mighty March, set for Oct. 21, will allow children of all ages to walk through the streets of Sunnyside and Woodside to raise awareness for any and every issue of importance to them.
The march will start at Lou Lodati Park and go through Skillman and 43rd Avenues before wrapping back up at the park for a celebration.
The idea for the march came to co-founders Nancy Kleaver and Kate Marks, both mothers themselves, when they began talking about their experiences going to protests and the variety of themes the events addressed, and whether it was appropriate to bring children to them.
“A lot of the issues the marches are talking about are scary to a 6-year-old,” Kleaver said.
With the help of Paddy Johnson, another of the march’s organizers, the framework for The Young and Mighty March soon began to take shape, beginning by asking several children in their lives what they would do to make the world a better place.
The answers, Kleaver said, were wide-ranging.
“We had answers like ‘save the coral reef’ to ‘stop pushing to make guns that shoot candy’, or ‘more girl presidents’,” she said.
With that, coupled with the upcoming November midterm elections, the organizers are adamant in making sure that kids can have an opportunity to be heard.
“We need a little inspiration,” Kleaver said. “We need to hear from the next generation who our votes are going to affect more than anybody.”
The organizers hope that the march will become an annual event that will continually provide a platform for children to voice what they care about.
To prepare for the event, a poster-making workshop will be held on Saturday at Sunnyside Community Services and P.S 361Q, led by teachers from Children’s Museum of the Arts. For more information, visit www.paradenyc.org.
The Young and Mighty March, hosted by PARADE, the public art programming arm of non-profit Art F City, will take place on Oct. 21 at Lou Lodati Park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.