“Self care is extremely important. Whether that be taking a break to meditate, doing yoga, or simply detaching from social media; it’s important to take time to reflect on your experiences. Also, prioritize your values, and don’t try to do everything all at once!”
I had the pleasure of interviewing Monique Coleman. Monique Coleman is an actress best known for starring in Disney’s High School Musical movies. She’s also a global youth advocate and creator of the show Gimme MO’ (airing Wednesdays at 8am on Discovery Life)
I’ve always been passionate about telling stories & using entertainment to impact the world. This initially led me to becoming an actress, but I’ve since expanded to include speaking, hosting, and producing
In 2010, I became the first ever United Nations Youth Champion for the International Year of Youth. I traveled to 24 countries in 6 months to understand the most pressing issues facing today’s youth and meet the people making a difference. This gave me the much needed perspective to pursue what I’m doing now.
Gimme MO’ is the project I’m most excited about at the moment! It’s a docu-series that amplifies youth voices and shines a light on the incredible individuals and organizations making a difference for young people! I also with the Allstate Foundation as their #GoodStartsYoung ambassador. Through our partnership, I’ve been able to reach thousands of students and help empower youth to unlock their potential.
Through my work with the UN, I’ve had the privilege of interacting with some of the most profound thought leaders of our time! Professor Muhammad Yunus is on the top of that list. He’s a Nobel Laureate amongst his many other world changing accomplishments. I also am blessed to call Jess Weiner, Tammy Tibbetts, Nancy Lublin, Anna Blue, and Randi Zuckerberg friends. These are powerful women leaders who have charted their own path and constantly inspire me to do the same.
Self care is extremely important. Whether that be taking a break to meditate, doing yoga, or simply detaching from social media; it’s important to take time to reflect on your experiences. Also, prioritize your values, and don’t try to do everything all at once!
Gimme MO’ is that movement! I started it 9 years ago and I’m just as passionate today as I was when it began. I believe that when we invest in young people, we are investing in the future!
“The jump is so frightening between where I am and where I want to be; because of all I may become, I will close my eyes and leap” ~ Maryanne Radmacher
This quote inspires me to push past my circumstances, shortcomings, or fears for the possibility of how much better I’ll be on the other side.
I have to first thank my mom for being the ultimate cheerleader & always believing in me (even when I didn’t believe in myself)
And, I’m extremely grateful to my producer Lea Zesati. She is a force of nature! Her ability to build a team, execute a vision, and take a project to the next level is truly what has brought GimmeMo’ to this incredible moment in time.
I would love to sit down with Ava Duvernay and talk about how she transitioned into becoming one of the most influential people in Hollywood & I’d sincerely thank her for her incredible contributions to the world thus far!
Instagram: @_moniquecoleman + @gimmemotalk
Originally published at medium.com