Kid President goes viral in campaign to make nation more awesome(Read article summary)
Robby Novak, the Kid President, is taking the Internet by storm with his YouTube 'Pep Talk,' combining sage advice, Robert Frost's poetry, and some fantastic dance moves.
The Kid President‚Äôs motto: ‚ÄúDon‚Äôt be in a Party. Be a Party.‚ÄĚ
His ‚ÄúPep Talk‚ÄĚ YouTube video (see below) has been taking social media sites by storm for the past week, and the message is simple: ‚ÄúThe world needs you to stop being boring‚Ä¶. Boring is easy.‚ÄĚ
The adorable boy sending smiles around the world is Robby Novak of Henderson, Tenn., who has been posting videos on the SoulPancake YouTube channel since October with the help of his adult brother-in-law, Bradley Montague, the TodayNews website reports. Novak appeared on the "Today" show Wednesday.
Kid President‚Äôs take on that includes this comment from his video: ‚ÄúThis is life, people. You got air coming through your nose. You got heartbeat. That means it‚Äôs time to do something!‚ÄĚ
The video, in which Robby is dressed in a dark suit and red tie, weaves together humor, music, pithy philosophical comments, cute dance moves, poetry, and gentle reprimands to grownups.
After quoting from Robert Frost‚Äôs ‚ÄúThe Road Not Taken,‚ÄĚ he says, if there really were two paths, ‚ÄúI want to be on the one that leads to awesome.‚ÄĚ
The video has had more than 6.4 million hits so far.
Students in Heather England‚Äôs class won the ‚ÄúIf We Were President‚ÄĚ contest by education-servinces company Pearson with a video of a song they wrote, ‚ÄúVote Me Maybe,‚ÄĚ inspired by the election season.
The Kid President‚Äôs video was ‚Äúgreat‚ÄĚ because it sends the message that ‚Äúit doesn‚Äôt matter who you are,‚Ä¶¬†it‚Äôs what‚Äôs inside that counts,‚ÄĚ says Davis, one of the third-graders, in a phone interview.
‚ÄúIt encourages you and motivates you to do the right things,‚ÄĚ adds his classmate Jada. ‚ÄúGod made us for a reason ‚Ä¶ not just to sit around,‚ÄĚ she said.
Robby reminds the students of Martin Luther King Jr., because he encourages people to work together, Ms. England says.
Robby‚Äôs video raises the question of what would happen if Michael Jordan had given up, and that really resonated with her students, she says. ‚ÄúThey talked about, ‚ÄėOn a test, what if I had given up? Last time I made a ‚ÄėB‚Äô and I didn‚Äôt get upset, and now I have an ‚ÄėA‚Äô,‚ÄĚ she says.
The school shows an inspirational video each morning, and England was surprised this one hadn‚Äôt been shown schoolwide yet. The videos generate conversations and help students and adults alike stay motivated, she says.
‚ÄúI wish more adults ‚Ä¶ had the mindset of kids,‚ÄĚ England says.
She recently reinstated a practice she and her students did regularly in the month of November ‚Äď starting the class by writing down what they are grateful for. ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know who needs it more, me or the kids,‚ÄĚ she says.
Robby has been praised by marketing experts for his savvy use of social media. But it doesn‚Äôt appear he‚Äôs angling to sell anything but encouragement (he does have one simple T-shirt for sale on his website, which is sponsored by his mom). At the end of the "Pep Talk" video he dedicates it to a young friend who is fighting cancer.
¬†‚ÄúWho encourages you?‚ÄĚ he asks ‚Äď urging viewers pass the video along to them to let them know.