Vice President Kamala Harris continues to inspire and be inspired by the next generation. The politician recently spoke at the 2021 Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday (Mar. 13).
Mrs. Harris had words while dedicating the Generation Change Award to the “young leaders” across the nation who have adjusted to the pandemic with grace. “Thank you for being so incredible, and for all that you do, and will do,” Harris said during her speech. “From social distancing to remote learning, you’ve been through a lot this year,” the vice president said. “But through it all, you young leaders have really stepped up.”
It has been one year since the coronavirus pandemic led to nationwide shutdowns. School closures were part of the lockdowns, which caused the class of 2020 to miss out on enjoying traditional graduation ceremonies. Google and other tech companies worked to make graduation season special despite the circumstances. Still, the abrupt cancellation of in-person services was a lot for many high school graduates to handle.
“You are doing something,” Harris said during her speech on Saturday night. “You are creating a better future, and you inspire me and President Biden every day,” the vice president declared. “We are so grateful for you, and we want you to know that we’re doing everything we can to make sure all of our students and young leaders can get back to school, and back with your friends, and be safe and thrive.”
The Nickelodeon Generation Change Award is a new honor established to highlight individuals who inspire kids to strive to accomplish their goals. Vice President Kamala Harris received the award alongside NBA player LeBron James. Mrs. Harris is the first woman vice president in United States history. She is also the first individual of Jamaican and Indian heritage to hold the political office.