Food Allergy CANpaign: I am JJ. I can play the piano. What can you do?

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Food Allergy CANpaign: I am JJ. I can play the piano. What can you do?

I am JJ. I can play the piano.

Who are you? What can you do?

Young people who live in alignment with their strengths instead of their weaknesses have greater success in school and in life, experts tell me. It doesn’t mean you avoid what you can’t do or try not improve a skill that is lacking. It simply means that most times it’s best to play to your strengths. The tough part for young people is that they may not know what their strengths and passions are. They may not see their possibilities. That’s the job of the adults in their lives to help them.

That’s the heart of the Food Allergy School CANpaign — giving kids the tools to live in The Land of Can.

The message I want all young people to know is that, “You are who you are and who you can be, not who you’re not.” For kids with food allergies, for young people who live with a NOT front and center, it’s even more important to surround themselves with what they can do. It’s called living an asset-based life. Through our own life examples — that’s right, we are all role models and should share what we CAN do — we must help young people discover what they can do and then encourage them to be the best at it!

I am JJ. I can also code and do math and write a blog and…

Who are you? What can you do?

 

JJ Vulopas is a senior at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. An advocate for young people, JJ has lived with food allergies his entire life. He is the author of the children's book, Land of Not. You can read his daily blog at www.thelandofcan.com and follow him @thelandofcan on Twitter and Instagram.