Nicholas Kimble – New Jersey Photography by Marcel Milewski Issue 42 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Nicholas Kimble motivates and rallies others to make a positive, peaceful, and purposeful change in our society. Nicholas was a victim of several violent attacks by his non-African American classmates, which resulted in several visits to his pediatrician. Despite being bullied in middle school, Nicholas entered high school with the courage to motivate his classmates to be positive and peaceful people. Nicholas Kimble encourages his classmates to become young civic scholars. As an executive member of Civic Wave and Edison Civic Change Collective, Nicholas educates students on American historical events such as voting rights, gender inequality, and racial discrimination.
Photography by Marcel Milewski
What led to your interest in motivating others to make such a fabulous change in society? With encouragement from my family members, I decided not to allow my bullying experience to define who I am and who I wanted to become. When I began speaking about domestic and foreign issues, I discovered the power of my voice. As a result, I won countless awards for public speaking which gave me the confidence to become a community leader.
What efforts have you made to make your school environment a safer place? The Student Safety Committee is an organization created to identify effective ways to keep students safe in school. The Student Safety Committee is a microcosm of a family. Every member in the community is valued and appreciated by each other. As president and founder of the Student Safety Committee, I oversee and facilitate meetings. With the creation of peer support groups, we have helped students find effective ways to maneuver within a crowded hallway, designed an action plan for dealing with an active shooter, and facilitated the creation of counselor-led wellness groups.
Tell us more about Civic Wave and Edison Civic Change Collective. The Civic Wave and Edison Civic Change Collective are student-created organizations. I am the finance manager and founding member of Civic Wave. As a founding member of Civic Wave, I worked with elective officials to secure access to civic education within New Jersey public schools with legislative bills S854 and S237. I am the co-founder of Edison Civic Change Collective. As an advocate and seminar host, I educate members on the history of movements and activism triggered by local and global issues.
Photography by Marcel Milewski
Share with us about your civic education courses you created for public school students throughout the state of NJ. After attending political events and local government meetings, I was approached by an elective official to assist with developing support for the implementation of S854 and S237, two New Jersey laws which require the provision of civics instruction in middle schools. The aforementioned laws mandate that each board of education must provide a course of study about the values and principles underlying the American system of constitutional democracy, the function and limitations of government, and the role of a citizen in a democratic society.
Where do you hope to go with all of this moving forward after you graduate? After I graduate from high school, I will attend college and continue to be an advocate for change.
Look for Nicholas in issue 42 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!