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Cleo Riley Is The 17-Year-Old Founder Behind ‘Students For Floyd.’ Now She’s Making A Difference

by Karen Belz
Karen Belz has written for sites such as Bustle, HelloGiggles, Romper, and So Yummy. She's the mom of a sassy toddler and drinks an alarming amount of Sugar-Free Red Bull in order to keep up with her.

Whitney Houston got it right — children are our future. And thankfully, so many of them are interested in becoming activists.

After the brutal death of George Floyd, students everywhere are trying to find ways to help. And one of the ringleaders is a girl who’s only 17.

Cleo Riley founded Students for Floyd, an organization that encourages students to attend and create peaceful protests. But that’s not all they do. They also participate in cleaning up their town, especially right after a riot. They’re here to prove that they care about their community and believe it can improve.

“My goals right now are obviously just going to protests and showing that we can get a large group of kids together to take action,” Cleo said.

Cleaning up isn’t just about helping the community; it’s also about being visible. If you see someone picking up trash or wiping down graffiti, you might feel inspired to join in. “By doing the cleanups, we show that our organization cares about our community,” Cleo continued.

Cleo happens to have a pretty big role model that’s been inspiring her along the way — Meghan Markle. Meghan is actually an alum of Cleo’s school, and her activism helped inspire both Cleo and Cleo’s school. “Everything that she speaks about and stands for, I think, was really instilled in her at our school,” she said.

Watch the video and let it inspire you to go out and make a difference.

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