Olivia Seltzer is a high school student, entering her sophomore year. She states that she has always wanted to change the world for the better, so Olivia created theCramm over two years ago, a daily newsletter that gives you all you need to know to start the day informed.
When asked what has inspired Olivia to become a leader and stand up for what she believes in, she states “My great-grandparents were Jews living in Russia under Joseph Stalin's rule. During this time, a wave of anti-Jewish riots swept through the country, leading to hundreds of anti-Jewish events - in specific, the pogroms, which were violent riots aimed at massacring Jews. Thousands of Jews were killed. My great-grandparents were forced to flee to Mexico, where they gave birth to my grandfather. Eventually, my grandfather moved to the United States - leaving behind his whole family in Mexico City - where he lived as an undocumented immigrant until eventually gaining citizenship. Having my family's history be so closely tied to some of the most controversial events of our time - such as illegal immigration - motivated me to become an activist and use my voice for those who can't use theirs. In a day where the majority of hate crimes in the US target Jews, much of what's going on in the world directly impacts me. I want to do everything I can to make the world a better, more socially-conscious place.”
She says that since the 2016 presidential election, the events of the world have been quickly, overwhelmingly, thrust upon me. “All my friends and I could talk about at school was the world’s happenings. And although we liked to read and watch the news, traditional news outlets, like TV and newspapers are written by and geared towards an older generation, so they unfortunately don’t speak to mine.” She had to come up with a solution, so she created theCramm. Each morning, she would wake up at 5am, read the news, and curate a group of stories that she believes relates to a younger demographic. After that, she summarizes the news and sends it out via email or text before 7am. It’s designed for 13-30 year olds - can’t-yet and first-time voters. Written by a teen for others just like Olivia, theCramm gives you everything you need to know for the day (plus a dose of humor). Olivia has some big plans for the Cramm, including video’s and a 24 hour news site.
“I came up with the idea for theCramm when I was 12 years old; I bought the domain name for my website with money I had gotten on my 13th birthday. Being so young has led to me being constantly underestimated and dismissed. I've had adults tell me I don't understand what's going on in the world or know what I'm talking about simply because I'm a teenager. A big barrier I've had to overcome is, generally, people's perceptions of me and theCramm due to my age. Fortunately, I find when most people actually read theCramm - regardless of their age - they love it and want to sign up right away.”
Olivia’s mission is simple: educate to activate. She believes you can’t change the world unless you know about it
Since starting the Cramm, she has attended the Teen Vogue summit twice, and the United State of Women Summit. At her school, she is also the Vice President of her Direct Relief 4 Youth Club. Olivia is an example of someone recognizing a gap, and taking action to with that gap. The Cramm is an innovative and informative news source for young people.
To all the young people in the world who are looking to make a change Olivia says…
"Don’t let your age - or people’s perception of you as a result of your age - inhibit you. I want other young people to know that it doesn’t matter how old you are: if you have a dream you feel passionate about, figure out how to make it work. If you believe in it, go do it."
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter" (Martin Luther King Jr) and "No one must shut his eyes and regard as non-existent the suffering of which he spared himself the sight" (Albert Schweitzer).