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Skylar Sorkin is more than just your average high school student. At the tender age of 13, she wrote an empowering book, “Shining Through a Social Storm,” telling the story of a young girl and her journey of social pressure and bullying. Her book, although it is written about a young girl, is great for parents, educators, and counselors too, as it really helps enlighten others about the experiences our younger generation faces in terms of bullying and peer pressure.
Friends are such an integral part of growing up, as they provide a lot of support and encouragement throughout one’s life. But during the elementary and junior high years, we often begin to see a changing in our circle of friends, as cliques begin to form and friendships are tested. After Skylar experienced her own friendship struggles, she knew that she wanted to help other kids in similar situations and decided to share her wisdom and tips for navigating through these challenging social moments.
Skylar encourages kids to always be themselves and to never let anyone get in the way of who you are. Everyone will go through some kind of bullying during one time or another in their lives, and it is important to always stay true to who you are and to know your roots. With the support of your family and friends, you can talk to them, seek guidance and find the strength to stand up to those bullies. If we can show the bullies that they do not have power over us, they will see that we are strong and will back down. It also sets a great example for other kids who are getting bullied to find their strength and stand up for who they are. We are all created differently and that is something to be celebrated, not bullied about.
Skylar has really created a great resource for anyone facing bullying, peer pressure or other challenging social moments. Her book really sheds a light on the whole issue, and makes it relatable for people of all ages. With bullying and cyber-bullying being more common in today’s age, it is definitely beneficial to read “Shining Through a Social Storm,” and use the tips and tools as a guide to navigate through those more difficult times.
David A. Moya is a Carmel Valley San Diego community contributor and influencer for positive change. As founder of The Carmel Valley Life he focuses on education, transparency and helping others find a voice for their passion. During his earlier years, he fed his entrepreneurial spirit and founded a company focused on helping kids committed to peak performance. David went on to pay for his BA in Finance through his real estate business and after graduating flew more than 30 flights to over 10 countries in order to master the art of communication and business. Today, he enjoys creating value for his community by leading a movement of responsibility – one of sharing knowledge, stories and a helping hand.