By Dylan Valic
The Be the Change Club hosted its third annual You are Noticed Day speak out on April 9 in the End Zone. You are Noticed Day is an event to raise awareness for those experiencing feelings of alienation or loneliness.
Adam Silverstein, junior social work major, is the president and founder of the Be the Change Club, and he started You are Noticed Day. He originally had the idea for the event when he was a senior in high school, and he finally made it a reality when he came to college. “I had the idea in high school but I didn’t really do it because I was about to graduate, but when I brought Be the Change Club here to LIU Post I did it, and we have been doing it ever since,” Silverstein said.
You are Noticed Day is important to Silverstein because it raises awareness for a topic that’s not usually discussed. “I feel like it’s not really a topic that’s talked about enough; when you feel isolated, and lonely, and left out, and I think it’s something so many people struggle with,” he said. “We need to raise awareness for people who feel that way and open up those conversations about how we could all feel more connected with each other and work to help people who feel that way.”
The main event of You are Noticed Day was a speak out in the End Zone at which students told their stories about feeling isolated. If students were not comfortable speaking out, they were still able to attend, have food, and hang out in a safe, supportive environment.
The Be the Change officers want to make You are Noticed Day a nationally-recognized event and spread it to schools around the world. They plan to continue to host You are Noticed Day, as well as other events, on campus.