A 15 year old boy from Ithaca is very dedicated to the cause of peace. No need to stop the presses for that bit of news. But he has stopped hundreds of thousands of people in their tracks- for a few minutes each- with the way he’s getting his message out.
Trevor Dougherty uploaded “Stand Up For World Peace” to YouTube on June 18th. And his work of stop-motion animation quickly captured the world’s attention.
Before success with “Stand Up for World Peace,” Dougherty was selected to be a guest editor by You Tube — a role that allowed him to choose the videos featured on the Web site’s front page for four consecutive days in late May. He credits persistence to his success in moving up out of the mire of videos on the Web site to being featured on the front page.
Dougherty and his parents lived in Pretoria, South Africa, before moving to Ithaca three years ago, where his father worked as the director of development and communication for Habitat for Humanity in Africa and the Middle East.
“I saw a lot of things you don’t see in the United States when I lived in South Africa,” Dougherty said. “I feel the need to help people who are suffering.”
If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s what Trevor and some friends came up with, at his home in Cayuga Heights: